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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 | 04:47 PM
Dear Roger,

I'm glad for your recovery.

I didn't know that Borg had said so...yeah, certainly it's ironic. And...there is something ceerful, I think.

I'm envious of you because you're very close to your idol - I'm so far from my idol - but, it's
06/25/2007 | 04:39 PM
zelim ti puno srece i postavi taj rekord jer ti to zasluzujes, ti si poseban (i wish you luck, and set a record because you deserve it, you are special).volim te-love you
06/25/2007 | 04:36 PM
welcome back champ....
hope you got good and well deserved rest...
06/25/2007 | 04:28 PM
come on roger! best of luck and focus on each game at a time!!

brazil is with you!
06/25/2007 | 04:27 PM
Hey ROGER!!!!! Welcome back to Wimbledon, good luck with your tournament, this is your slam. Good Luck!
06/25/2007 | 04:19 PM
R O G I !!!
Come on Champ !!! Come on !!!
We are with you all the way and we are happy you are fine, both physically and mentally.
Good luck and enjoy the game.
All my energy 4 U !!!
06/25/2007 | 04:17 PM
I hope you will win this tournament, and I know you can do that. I wish you a good luck, and do your best!! :)
06/25/2007 | 04:00 PM

I'm glad you are well and ready for Wimbledon. I wish you much success and look forward to seeing you play. You will win, I know. May God be with you and bless you.

Love You,
06/25/2007 | 03:47 PM
Good Luck!!!
06/25/2007 | 03:30 PM
Wish you all the best Roger
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