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Canada Masters Champion

26.07.2004 | Tennis

Roger won the Masters-Tournament in Toronto for the first time. The match between the world’s two best tennis-players Roger ended with a 7:5 and 6:3 victory over the defending champion Andy Roddick (USA) whom he had already beaten in the final in Wimbledon four weeks earlier. It was Roger’s 19th victory in his career and already the 8th this season. He has now won his last 23 encounters and defeated Roddick for the seventh time in eight matches. No tennis professional since Björn Borg in 1979 has managed to win tournaments on grass, clay and hard-court like Roger has done now in Wimbledon, Gstaad and Toronto. And no player on the Tour has claimed eight tournament titles in the same year since Thomas Muster in 1995 (all on clay). Furthermore, being unbeaten since 23 encounters is the longest series of victories since five years (Pete Sampras had 25). Nobody has managed to stop Roger in Toronto so far. His 4:6, 6:3 and 6:2 victory over Thomas Johansson (ATP 99) secured him a place in the final on Sunday evening (8 p.m. Swiss time). Now Roger has won 22 consecutive single matches since beginning of the grass season in june. He is aiming for the fourth tournament victory in a row, on three different surfaces. He won his last nine finals. Should he win Toronto he would be the first since Björn Borg in 1979 to win tournaments on grass, clay and hard-court one after the other! Roger will either meet America’s Andy Roddick or Germany’s Nicolas Kiefer in the final.

 

Roger is continuing his series of victories in Toronto. He qualified for the semi-finals with a 7:5 and 6:4 against Fabrice Santoro. It is looking more and more like a potential final between Roger and Andy Roddick. Roger will now either challenge 22 year old Joachim Johannson who fought his way through the tournament with two victories in the tie-break in the third set against Carraz and Saulnier on Thursday, hitting 52 aces (!). Or the other option is another Swede, Thomas Johannson, who won the tournament in 1999 and the Australian Open two and a half years ago and is gradually climbing back up the ranking after various injuries.

 

Roger showed yet another impressive performance during his very busy Thursday at the Masters-Series tournament in Toronto. The world’s number 1 managed to qualify for the the quarter finals without losing a set: 7:5, 6:1 agains Robin Söderling and 7:6 (7:3), 7:6 (7:4) against Max Mirnyi. Roger will now meet the rather uncomfortable Fabrice Santoro from France (ATP 58).

 

After a rain break in the first round Roger has had a good start into the second half of the season. He reached the second round at the Canada Masters in Toronto, beating Hicham Arazi 6:3, 7:5, and will now meet Sweden’s Robin Söderling on Thursday. Roger has never played against Söderling before. The Swede is currently the world’s number 44 and three years younger than Roger. He has reached two finals over the last year (Stockholm, Marseille) as well as two semi-finals over the last six weeks (Nottingham, Bastad).

 

It was only possible to finish the first set at the Canada Masters in Totonto on Tuesday because of rain. Roger won the set against Hicham Arazi 6:3, before it started raining again. Play will be continued at 19.00 Swiss time. Roger will meet Hicham Arazi in the starting round at the Masters-Series tournament in Toronto, beginning the second half of this season. Roger lost against Arazi in the first round at Roland-Garros around two years ago. Since then he has beaten the 30 year-old three times. Roger claimed the victory for the only meeting on a hardcourt in Dubai 7:5, 6:3.

 
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