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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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06/25/2007 | 05:41 PM
You looked so great out there today, Rogi.
I love Wimbledon! and love how YOU look in it…

Keep it up, champ!!!
Best wishes

Selma

P.S. Peharps a little hair trim (in the front) would be good. It seems to bother you...
06/25/2007 | 05:35 PM
Well done Roger although I was unable to see the end of the 3rd set as the BBC in its wisdom decided to show and unknown English girl playing Hingist. We are obviously desperate to find a replacement for the Henman and Murray hysteria!!
Camille
06/25/2007 | 05:31 PM
Allez Roger, on est avec toi. Fais nous rêver avec ta vista magique.
HOP SUISSE !!! HOP SCHWIZZ !!! FORZA SVIZZERA !!!
06/25/2007 | 05:26 PM
GO Roger! You can do it! :D
06/25/2007 | 05:25 PM
Roger defeats Gabashvili 6-3. 6-2. 6-4. No problems for Roger, very confident and solid, playing weally well in the key moments, and never letting Teimuraz get into the match. He will next play against either Del Potro or Sanguinetti.
06/25/2007 | 05:24 PM
You won Roger
i love you
take care
xxxxx
06/25/2007 | 05:19 PM
Dear Champion!!!!! take it easy, the love of your fan is with you!!!!!! come onnnnnnn
Best wishes
Gabriela
BUENOS AIRES
ARGENTINA
06/25/2007 | 05:18 PM
Congratulations on winning your first match. I don't have satellite tv. but was following through the Wimbledon website. Lots of love.
06/25/2007 | 05:13 PM
So good to see Roger in such good form on Centre Court again... Love the outfit.. really classy... However, could Mirka please take him to have a haircut to match??!!
One game needed to win his first round... good match to start with... Gabashvili gave R
06/25/2007 | 05:04 PM
Remember that like when you beat Sampras, you where practically unknown and Sampras might have thought that he was going just to breeze through you, there is no enemy too small, treat all your opponents like they are number 2. I hope to be a witness besid
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