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Roger Wins 42nd Straight on Grass Court

27.06.2006 | Tennis

Roger won his record 42nd straight grass-court match Tuesday, beating Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to open his bid for a fourth consecutive Wimbledon championship.


Roger broke the record he shared with Bjorn Borg, the five-time Wimbledon champion who won 41 straight matches on grass from 1976-1981.


"It's nice to get any streak," Roger said. "I'm still going, so even better if I can maybe postpone it and make it even last longer. I'm surprised myself I've kept it that long. To come through today was my only wish, not to break the streak, but to have it come together is nice."


The world number one led Gasquet 6-3, 1-2 on Monday when the match was suspended by rain. The pair returned to Centre Court under cloudy skies, and Roger needed only 37 minutes to finish off the 20-year-old Frenchman. Roger will next face Henman, a four-time Wimbledon semifinalist who overcame Sweden's Robin Soderling, 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.

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