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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 | 05:06 PM
DEAR FEDERER! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!
I BELIEVE THAT ALL YOUR FANS ARE VERY HAPPY. WE LOVE YOU BECAUSE BESIDES THE GREAT PLAYER YOU ARE, YOU CONQUEST US WITH YOUR WAY OF BEING, ON AND OFF THE COURT: "HUMBLE". PLEASE, DON'T FORGET THIS AND TAKE CAR
01/29/2007 | 04:58 PM
congratulations roger!!! you won your 10th grand slam title!!!!

01/29/2007 | 04:57 PM
congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
u did it again.as expected king roger takes his 10th grand slam defeating the no. 10 seed.i am speechless to tell that how happy i am.when gonzalez had two set points,i switched off the t.v coz i didn't wan
01/29/2007 | 04:56 PM
I loved your net game against Gonzo at the final: so confident, so stylish... What a pleasure to watch you display your impeccable shot making from all across the court. You are the best ever. Congrats to you and your people. Long live Rogi!!!
01/29/2007 | 04:40 PM
Hye Roger... well congrats on yet another major victory. I had a very nervous time coz my electricity supply broke down just when ur match was about to get underway. I called my freind she is also a Federer fanatic and i saw ur match on the phone hehe.
01/29/2007 | 04:28 PM
Roger,
Thank you for an extraordinary performance
through two weeks to win the Australian open.
You are surely headed towards Tennis immortality.Yours,full of admiration,
devendran
01/29/2007 | 04:27 PM
Hey,Roger!I'm glad 2 see that u won Australian Open again. YOU RULE! CONGRATULATIONS! Good luck in whatever you're doing !

01/29/2007 | 04:26 PM
CONGRATULATIONS ROGER!!!!!!

WELL DONE, I GOTTA ADMIT THAT DURING THE FIRST SET I WAS SO NERVOUS AND EXITED, IT WAS AWSOME THE WAY YOU MANAGE TO GET THE CONTROL OF THE GAME.

AND ALSO IT WAS WONDERFUL THAT AFTER TWENTY SEVEN YEARS YOU WON THAT GRAND S
01/29/2007 | 04:23 PM
You are simply incredible. My blood pressure was raising in the first set (specially when you missed an easy forhand to take the lead and convert a break)...but in the tie-break all my worries disappeared. Thanks for winning this one and hearty congratula
01/29/2007 | 04:15 PM
Well done Roger. You are the best. An absolute magician on the court.
Nancy