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Roger one shy of Roland Garros title

09.06.2006 | Tennis

Roger overcame a dismal start today to earn his first berth in a French Open final! He is now just one win shy of his fourth consecutive Grand Slam title...


Down one set and behind 3-0 in the second, Roger rallied and led 3-6, 6-4, 5-2 when David Nalbandian retired. The nature of Nalbandian's ailment wasn't immediately clear. The No. 3-seeded Argentine called for a trainer down 2-1 in the second set, again received treatment at 3-2 and quit after playing two more games.


By beating Nalbandian, Roger extended his Grand Slam winning streak to 27 matches. The final once again is the encounter many have hoped for: Roger's opponent will be defending champion Rafael Nadal.


Should Roger win the title, he would become only the third man to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, joining Don Budge and Rod Laver. He would also become the sixth man to achieve a career Slam by winning all four majors.

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