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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 | 03:30 PM
Have a great, record-tying Wimbledon '07, Roger.

We want to see you raise the trophy!
06/25/2007 | 03:27 PM
The coverage for Wimbledon is ballistic in the UK. There is no doubt that you are the peoples and pundits favourite. A fit and rested Roger Federer is just what we have waited for in the last 2 weeks. Better than strawberries and cream!

Take care an
06/25/2007 | 03:27 PM
All the best in Wimbledon Roger.
You are our champion.
take care.
glorita.
06/25/2007 | 03:26 PM
I have complete and total faith and belief in you Roger, go all the way with it, YOU CAN DO IT!! We will be here backig you up!! Much love from Ohio,
Amanda
06/25/2007 | 03:24 PM
Roger tien e pall.....
06/25/2007 | 03:22 PM
Hi Roger

I am so looking forward to seeing you lifting the trophy next week Sunday!!!

All my love and best wishes are with you for these two weeks of the greatest tennis tournament.

Love and kisses

Your No.1 South African Fan
Celeste
xxx
06/25/2007 | 03:22 PM
COME ON ROGER, COME ON!!!!!! I'm glad that you're back! I'm sure that everything will go well!!! Remember that we all believe in you!!! I'll always be with you champion!!! GOOD LUCK FOR WIMBLEDON!!!!!!...just be strong in who you are...
Love for ever...M
06/25/2007 | 03:16 PM
i can't believe i spelled Wimbledon wrong... sheesh! : )
06/25/2007 | 03:16 PM
Best of luck Roger, you can do it....!
06/25/2007 | 03:14 PM
well, i'm just sitting here waiting for the rain delay to end so your tennis match can begin. we wish you lots and lots of Good Luck at Wimbeldon, Roger! i hope you win again! : )

cheers,
Shauna!
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