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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 | 08:04 PM
Roger -

Congrats! Get some rest, both physically and mentally, but not for too long! Then start getting ready for the clay!

You can do it!

Raymond K
01/29/2007 | 07:26 PM
Great victory Rog!!
At 2,3 or 4 Opens per year, you'll get Pete by 2008.
Kind regards,
Luisg
01/29/2007 | 07:15 PM
Roger:

Fantastic job! I watched the match on ESPN2 Sunday afternoon. I already knew you had won, but I was happy to see the match beginning to end. I was happy to see you work the net more, and those volleys and laubs were outragious. I was glad to
01/29/2007 | 07:08 PM
Dearest Roger, I can simply say that: congratulations, and I will say it always (hehe:))) You are the best and the greatest!
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!
I support you for eternal times!
01/29/2007 | 07:03 PM
Well done, Roger! It was an absolutely brilliantly played match on both ends. I'm glad I stayed up to watch you.

Love and hugs,
Cori USA
01/29/2007 | 06:25 PM
WELL DONE ROG!!! SIMPLY WELL DONE!
01/29/2007 | 06:13 PM
Roger - WOW!!!!! That was amazing!!! Congratulations and keep on winning and breaking those records!!!

Diane
01/29/2007 | 06:12 PM
Simply the BEST! Thank you and am looking forward to watching you be successful at the French and the rest of the year. I believe you will win and make history in 2007.
David
01/29/2007 | 06:10 PM
Just to add: It was so nice of Rod Laver to come out to Australia again this year and say all those wonderful things. It's true that Roger is a worthy successor of Rod, but also the other way around.
01/29/2007 | 06:09 PM
Congratulations, dear, Roger!

Your tennis was perfect and you are the best.

I'm really proud to be your fan and have such a joy watching you on the court. You make our lives a little happier with every win, with every title.
Be healthy and continue