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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 | 09:21 PM
They're coming out!

COME ON ROGER!!! GO GO GO ROGER GO!
07/06/2008 | 09:20 PM
OMG!!!!

Almost 6,000 fans on line now!
Here we go again! They are ready to start again! Let's hope that they can finish before sundown. Hat for them to play like Gasquet and Murray did.
07/06/2008 | 09:19 PM
** MC & ** Souji5

I agree with you folks. Whatever Mirks lectured Roger on seems to have a fantastic effect.

Actually Im pretty happy about this rain break. Coz frankly, I need a BREAK. I wonder how many guys can play that shot on Ç'point. Was se
07/06/2008 | 09:19 PM
He'll win this game, and break in the 8th for 5-3, then he'll serve for the 'Ship!

Go Roger Go!!
Macedonia loves you!!
07/06/2008 | 09:18 PM
here we go again... GO ROGER U CAN DO IR....
07/06/2008 | 09:17 PM
***JSM
Yeah the site is slow for me too. I guess 6889 people online IS a lot.. I have never noticed how many are online on an average here, does anybody know?

***JSM, sheleo
Yeah I'll bet Mirka coaches him quite a bit. She knows the sport too and she
07/06/2008 | 09:17 PM
I have been watching in mute since the end of the 1st set.

I hope they can finish this match to day.
Coming back tomorrow will not have the same flavor.

ROGER YOUR ARE THE TRUE CHAMPION
YOU NEVER GIVE UP
WE LOVE YOU. WE NEED TO CLONE YOU FOR A BE
07/06/2008 | 09:16 PM
Roger have to concentrate to win this game and then win a break.
All of us want Roger win but we'll see if he can.
Hopefully Rafa make more mistakes,so the future of the game is bright
07/06/2008 | 09:15 PM
Nadal is dangerous Roger won't stop beating him and that's great!!!!
07/06/2008 | 09:14 PM
Hey Fans,

Wimby blog says covers coming off at 8:20--in about 5 mins.

Cheers,
MC