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Roger aims for five

25.06.2007 | Tennis

Roger has recovered from the groin and back injuries that forced him to miss the recent Halle tournament in Germany and is now fit for his fifth Wimbledon title!

 

Roger will have mixed emotions if he equals Bjorn Borg's record of five successive Wimbledon titles. Borg dominated Wimbledon for five years between 1976 and 1980 and Roger is odds-on to emulate that achievement but, while he would love to earn a share of the record, Borg is one of his idols and he knows exactly what the feat means to him.

 

He will be opening the grand slam tournament held against Russia’s Teimuraz Gabashvili at 2 p.m. local time today. Having defeated Rafael Nadal in last year’s final at the All England Club, Roger has never played Gabashvili, who is ranked 85th in the world – and is only playing his second match on grass.

 

"When I beat Pete Sampras to stop him winning five Wimbledon titles, Borg called me up and thanked me for breaking Pete's streak and keeping his alive," Roger said. "So it's ironic that I'm going for it now. I heard he's coming here for the final weekend. I hope I'll be there too. I think Bjorn was one of the most wonderful players we ever had in the game.”

 

Roger’s other main rivals in his section of the draw are Marat Safin, James Blake and Dmitry Tursunov. Roger feels ready to become the first player to win five straight Wimbledons since Bjorn Borg accomplished the feat from 1976 to 1980.

 

Go all the way, Roger!

 
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06/30/2007 | 10:23 AM
i believe u'll make it, rogie =)
06/27/2007 | 06:40 AM
best wishes roger!
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06/26/2007 | 03:47 PM
Good luck champion,you can win!!!! You are the most talented tennisplayer!!!
06/26/2007 | 10:29 AM
GOD BLESS YOU! WIN THE TITLE YOU CAN DO IT, WE'RE WITH YOU AS ALWAYS, BEST WISHES!!!!! YOUR FAITHFUL FANS LISA&DANY
06/25/2007 | 10:09 PM
Roger,
GO GENIUS, all the way to the championship. I am quite sure Borg will be presenting you with the trophy. What an honor for you. From one to HERO to another. How appropriate.
06/25/2007 | 09:29 PM
Congratulations for today’s game!

I’m happy you are back playing, so we (website-fans) are again focusing on you, instead of hassling via your site (although sometimes funny – e.g. the “love” story –, too personal and without any relation to our hero).
06/25/2007 | 08:43 PM
Dear Roger

I am so happy to see you back to your great self. I am sorry to hear about your injuries. I know that you have to take care of your body in order to endure these tournaments.

You are such a good guy. Take care of yourself and may God be
06/25/2007 | 08:36 PM
I believe in you!
:)
xxx
06/25/2007 | 08:35 PM
Trust yourself
06/25/2007 | 08:26 PM
killer instinct Roger! beat Borg's record and then hire him as your coach to help you win the French next year. Vamos!
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