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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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01/30/2007 | 07:48 AM
u r the BEST in the world......... go on roger
CONGRATS.
U HAVE TO WIN FRENCH OPEN N U CAN WIN THAT
01/30/2007 | 07:39 AM
YAY for roger!!!!!! you did such a great job (clap clap clap) keep up the awsome work and have a great time in france i wish i couls see it but we dont get it on tv here ;(
oh well i no that you will win eveytime your fan FOREVER!!!!!!
01/30/2007 | 06:50 AM
amazing match!!!it`s the best tennis I have seen in my life!really you`re a genious
01/30/2007 | 03:16 AM
CONGRATULATIONS FEDERER!!!
Watching you has became like an ADDICTION to me, I want to watch you playing all the time!!
Thank you for the beauty of your game!
Best,
01/30/2007 | 02:34 AM
Wow Roger! Congratulations on your 10th major. How do u do it? I'm so happy and yeah, this is the year of RG title..we will root for you as always. Stay injury free and see you in Dubai.

Rest well and enjoy.

Rakesh
01/30/2007 | 01:23 AM
Roger,
You are simply the Tennis Master, what a match!!!
We fans are so proud of you, you deserve this wonderful moment: your 10th GS title...

Thanks for playing really well and thanks for being who you are off-court.

You're awesome!!!
01/30/2007 | 12:02 AM
Congratulations on winning your 10th GS and for not losing a set. The first set caused a few anxious moments for your fans and we were all very relieved when you had won it. After that there was no doubt about your victory. You played this year's AO wi
01/29/2007 | 11:59 PM
Congratulations Roger on your win!!! The match was so exhilarating to watch. Best of luck for the rest of the year....


01/29/2007 | 11:49 PM
me & my father, 85 years old, are very very proud at you !!!!!
we enjoy to live in era of the big tennis player of all times and i want live in Rome to see player.......alls fun for you....
01/29/2007 | 11:45 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!!! OUR CHAMPION...YEAH THAT'S RIGHT! You are the MAN and No. 1 for all ages.... You were just awesome! My 2:30am wake up was all worthwhile. But very difficult since I can not make any sound nor show any joy on your exciting win. You tr