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Two Times Wimbledon Champion!

21.06.2004 | Tennis

Roger rallied from a set down to defend his title in Wimbledon, now his thrid Grand Slam title. He defeated U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick in four sets 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-4. Roger, the top seed, has become the first person to successfully defend his Wimbledon title since Pete Sampras in 2000. Roger sealed his sixth victory over Roddick with his 12th ace, collapsed to his knees, leant back and looked to the sky. Roger is now the fourth man in the Open era since 1968 to win his first three Slam finals, matching Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors and Stefan Edberg. All three lost their fourth final. Serena Williams, the women's defending champion, lost yesterday to Russian teenager Maria Sharapova. ``I like having a 100 percent record in the finals,'' Roger, who won this year's Australian Open, said at the post-match ceremony. The Grand Slams really count. They're just a step higher than all the others.'' Today's contest on Centre Court was a great showdown between the two best players on grass. Roger has now won 24 straight matches on the turf, and Roddick's only previous reverse in the past two years was in the 2003 Wimbledon semifinal -- to Roger.


Roger has mastered the second-last test towards defending his title with ease. He now has the chance to become the first player since Pete Sampras in 2000 to successfully defend the title in Wimbledon. Roger beat France’s Sebastien Grosjean 6:2, 6:3, 7:6 (8:6) in the semi-final on Saturday. Roger will now meet America’s Andy Roddick in the final. By doing so Roger will be reaching for the third Grand-Slam Title in his career after his victory in Wimbledon last year and the Australian Open in Melbourne this January. For the first time since 1982 the two top-seeds will meet each other in the final of the most important tennis tournament of the world. 21 year old Roddick is reaching for his second Grand-Slam Title after the US Open 2003.

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