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Title #6 just one step away!

04.07.2008 | Tennis

Roger took another big step towards his dream as he defeated Russia's Marat Safin 6-3, 7-6 (3), 6-4 this afternoon, making his sixth consecutive Wimbledon final.

 

He will now face No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the final. He's aiming to better Björn Borg's open-era record of five straight titles from 1976-80 at the only grass-court Grand Slam. Borg watched Roger play from the Royal Box today on Centre Court.

 

"It's great," Roger said. "Playing Safin is always a pleasure. Having the opportunity to win the final again means so much to me."

 

Roger once again played brilliantly and demonstrated his class. Although Safin served up predictably the biggest challenge to Roger's reign so far, the Russian still fell woefully short, hindered further by a series of unforced errors which blew his only chance in the second set tie-break. Roger made a lightning start and typically upped his game when it was necessary, leaving Safin shaking his head in bewilderment as Roger switched on cruise control to clinch his victory in just one hour and 41 minutes.

 

Our star's run at The Championships this year has been remarkable: he has gone 18 sets unbeaten in a row, and in the wider context of his matches on grass, he has now gone unbeaten for a consecutive 65. Roger has dedicated a moment of his time to the critics who doubted his form heading into the tournament.

 

So once again the two finalists are Roger and Rafael Nadal. It is the third consecutive time that they are playing each other in the last round in Wimbledon. Roger won in four sets in 2006 and in five in 2007. The match starts Sunday at 2 p.m. local time.

 

 
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07/06/2008 | 11:33 PM
amazing Roger,

i feel so relieved that you pulled this comeback, no matter the result! for that only, and your perspectives still look so good! thanks for the heart and the emotion!

i love you, that's the only thing i can think of sayin!
07/06/2008 | 11:32 PM
i feel very sorry for you roger.

but i think since you met that pope benedict your play got worse. leave that catholic thing and your performance will be much better.

all the best for the future kid.
07/06/2008 | 11:31 PM
Faithful Forever Federer Fans....

Say that 5 times fast and I think our last ounce of energy will dissipate!

THANKS for going in on the "God Box" * (or however it applies to your beliefs) project. It really worked!!!!!! He got 2 more sets and went
07/06/2008 | 11:29 PM
My dearest Roger,
I am so so proud of you. you are the one and only and that's why i love& admire you. at the moment i am crying (doing better than a few min. ago and that's why i am able to write this com.)
tonight we saw a great match and in my heart
07/06/2008 | 11:28 PM
Roger Staff,

It is over, period. Roger was not good a long time ago, this is a fact. Everyone could see it. Only the ones that are blind did not see it. Something is not good with his game a long, long time ago. Hope that today is not the last chapter
07/06/2008 | 11:27 PM
Dear Roger,

It would be amazing if you were reading all of the comments that people leave you here! I always hope that somehow you could, even though it is impossible.

I want to say how proud I am, and have always been, to be your fan. Defeat on you
07/06/2008 | 11:27 PM
Dear Roger,

I am sure you'll feel hurt for quite a while as it was so, so close a match. But you'll find a way to get over it and move on to the hardcourt season where you'll do your best to achieve your goals.

So sorry that you didn't get to bre
07/06/2008 | 11:25 PM
Oh, my dear Roger, I know what a disappointment it was to lose at Wimbledon but you are such a class act that I was truly proud with what you had to say. Everyone loves you-you have to know that. Tonight you will go out somewhere with Mirka and she will h
07/06/2008 | 11:24 PM
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07/06/2008 | 11:24 PM
It hurts me, too. But Nadal has improved so much that it was a difficult game for you. However, you must have gotten so much pressure on you, for you were aiming at a 6th consecutive win. No more pressure, Roger. You will come back stronger at the US Open
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