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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 | 09:09 PM
Hi All,

***JEUX SET MATCH, I think the website is slow because so many of us are on it--4000 most of the afternoon.

Wimby blog says might be a very short rain shower. Blimey!

Hooray Mirka for whatever she said last rain delay and is saying now.
07/06/2008 | 09:09 PM
FEDERER PLEASE KEEP YOUR SERVICES
PLEASE PLEASE STAY FOCUSED DEAR
07/06/2008 | 09:08 PM
FEDERER PLEASE KEEP YOUR SERVICES
PLEASE PLEASE STAY FOCUSED DEAR
07/06/2008 | 09:07 PM
FEDERER PLEASE KEEP YOUR SERVICES
PLEASE PLEASE STAY FOCUSED DEAR
07/06/2008 | 09:05 PM
***sheleo

You are 100% correct. Their love for each other must be so strong... Being coach and girlfriend must be so hard on both of them specially for Mirka who must walk on very thin ice at pressure time.
07/06/2008 | 09:05 PM
There are 8000 users logged in -- hence the site is slow.

Another rain delay -- I wonder what happens to the Champion's ball?

I guess they may suspend the match if the skies don't clear.

07/06/2008 | 09:04 PM
roger,
tout depend du premier service. ton service est merveilleux utilise le comme il faut.
bonne chance
07/06/2008 | 09:02 PM
No wonder Roger keeps Mirka around-- she must be his TRUE coach!!!!
07/06/2008 | 09:00 PM
This site is very very slow today. Is this the same for you guys?

How is everybody?

Roger can win this...Lets hope Mirka is in the locker again!!! But this time to give Roger a huge kiss. Match point #2 was something else!!
I have to admit that Na
07/06/2008 | 08:59 PM
Rain delay - second.

Roger,

Rest well.
Do not haste. Magnificent play. Do not hurry up. Reduce your error. You will do fine.

You are JUST so BEAUTIFUL !

takeko