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Roger defends his title!

28.01.2007 | Tennis

It is real – Roger overcame an inspired Fernando Gonzalez to win the Australian Open finals 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-4 capturing his 10th Grand Slam title! 15’400 spectators in Rod Laver Arena experienced a haunting Grand Slam final between our champion and a very agile and aggressive playing Gonzalez. But Roger once again showed his brilliance and is the first to win a title on a major tournament without dropping a set since Bjorn Borg in 1980. He now has been undefeated for the last 36 official matches, which is a personal record.

 

Roger, who was rather nervous at the beginning, struggled with windy conditions and was about to drop the first set when Gonzalez had two set points at own serve. In this crucial moment, Roger was able to turn the tide and broke Gonzalez to 6-6, forcing him into tiebreak. Roger rebounded quickly and showed his concentration and dominance prevailing the opening set 7-6 (2).

 

It then was about who would make fewer mistakes and the advantage went to Roger, who controlled the match thenceforward. Gonzalez committed nine more unforced errors than Roger and three times he double-faulted.

 

Keeping his service game consistent, Roger delivered winners 82 percent of the time on his first serve while his second serve resulted in winners an impressive 76 percent of the time.

 

“I’m happy that I was able to win the match in straight sets, although spectators sometimes wish to see a match over five sets.” Roger said. “Fighting off Gonzalez’ set points and dominating in the tiebreak was deciding for the match. Gonzalez played different today so it was kind of difficult to read his game at the beginning. But then I new Gonzalez would have to react after the first set and that’s how I got back at control.”

 

Roger improved his career record to 10-0 against Gonzalez but clearly this was the most difficult victory. Our champion was coming off a 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 dismantling of Andy Roddick and facing an opponent who had never played in a Grand Slam semifinals match much less a finals before play began at the 2007 Australian Open. It took him two hours and twenty minutes to finally shake the ninth ranked Gonzalez and capture the Australian Open Championship. The victory pushed Roger’s all time record in Grand Slam final’s events to 10-1.

 
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01/29/2007 | 03:02 PM
And what a match it was....
Congrats, roger!!!
XXXXKitty

....In silence lies the largest treasure hidden....
01/29/2007 | 02:52 PM
CONGRATULATIONS on your 10th Grand Slam. You are the best tenis player ever!!!!

All the best
Michaela

01/29/2007 | 02:51 PM
Congratulations Roger, fue un partido muy intenso lo cual se vio en el primer set del match pero lo supiste manejar y saliste triunfador, Gonzales hizo todo el esfuerzo por sacar el partido adelante pero delante del # 1 del mundo no pudo se le vio cansado
01/29/2007 | 02:43 PM
You are simply the best.. congratulations roger!!!.. now the only one that is missing from ur collection is the french one.. come on.. you can do it.. trust yourself!!!!!!!!!
01/29/2007 | 02:38 PM
Roger,

That was excellent play. I always believe in you, and you always prove me right. I had told my husband that you would win in 3 sets and thanks to you, he has to get a great valentine's present.

Keep up the good work. I know you will Clinch t
01/29/2007 | 02:32 PM
Congratulations Roger!!!The match was amazing!!
01/29/2007 | 02:30 PM
Congratulations! I hope you can win all four this year.
01/29/2007 | 02:29 PM
Congratulations Roger....what a match and what a great Slam. You played magnificently throughout it all. I loved the semifinals sooo much that I am keeping it to watch it over and over again! Ha. This is the start to a great year. I loved your comme
01/29/2007 | 02:01 PM
THANK YOU Roger for all these magic moments of tennis you give us!
Really hope you'll win your last missing tournament: the french open
anyway you're the best and it all depends on you!
have a good rest before your next tournament :)
01/29/2007 | 01:59 PM
So many fans simply because you're the best tennis player ever and everybody wants to be part of it, suporting you, loving you... want to be like you!

God bless u with great health and long years in and out court.