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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 | 10:43 PM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations for the last brilliant win & surely deserve it b'cos you're so great inside the court & outside the court there4 so many people do like you... I wish to remain so b'cos the love of people can't be compensated...

I was so
01/29/2007 | 10:21 PM
Congratulations Roger!!!! You are the greatest player ever, no doubt about that. You deserve to call yourself a genius, because you are one. I hope you can keep it up for the whole season.
Congratulations again from Nicaragua.
01/29/2007 | 10:13 PM
Brilliant stuff Roger, you're Da Man ! I got in trouble for sitting on the sofa watching you for hours whilst my wife did all the house jobs, but hey,it was well worth it ! We are so lucky to be witnessing the best player of all time on our TV screens.
01/29/2007 | 09:45 PM
Congrats Roger!
I watched every point, every match of your historic grand slam win! my favorite had to be the roddick match........WOW!!! SI better put you on its cover! you deserve all the best. keep up the great work and now its off to the next tourney
01/29/2007 | 09:45 PM
Ten! Ten! Ten! Ten!

What an AWESOME achievement! Many congratulations, Roger!

Nothing makes me happier than seeing your continuing brilliance and success. And you handle it all with such grace, kindness, and humility.

Roger, you are a treasu
01/29/2007 | 09:40 PM
hay!!!
You played brillant and there is no one who can just hope to beat you, ...all congratulation!!!##1##

and now in my own (slovene) language...

Ena od tvojih najbolših zmag... :) ....
Nihce ti ne seže niti do kolen. Si najboljši igralec vs
01/29/2007 | 09:20 PM
you are such a nice player!Roger you are the best from the best and i think:NOBODY can bite the BEST.keep your self in the way that you are.love uuuuuu
01/29/2007 | 09:07 PM
I´m so happy for you, congratulations my best tennis player, loves, kisses...SARA.
01/29/2007 | 08:46 PM
Congratulations Roger on your recent grandslam tournament victory! May God continue to bless you with many more!
01/29/2007 | 08:45 PM
Well Done Roger!!

I always knew you were going to win.

Roll on the French Open & the rest of the year.
I know you'll win the French Open too & in the process complete the historic grand slam.

Your good buddy Tiger had a good weekend too winning