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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 | 11:04 PM
personally i can write to him i love him the same way everytime because i love him not because of his winnings or trophys!!!! but because of the whole man he is and his beautiful play!!!! of course i want him to win but if not that's not everything!!!! an
07/06/2008 | 11:04 PM
Roger, the Greatest Champion ever,

It hurts so much - you played so good and you lose. Whenever I recall of this final I will always have in my mind the association with the Phoenix – that is how the greatest champions do. You are still and you will s
07/06/2008 | 11:04 PM
I love you ROGER
FOR EVER
AND THIS CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE ALWAYS YOURS .............I'M SURE THAT YOU WILL BRING BACK THE TROPHY TO US
YOU WILL...
TRUST ME..
YES I CRIED, BUT THAT WAS BEFORE YOUR TWO GREAT SETS..
IT'S ENOUGH FOR ME THAT YOU DID NOT
07/06/2008 | 11:04 PM
Hero!!!!!!

I think for J-Mac, the insensitive one, to be so moved as to hug you should be an indicator of how much admiration, love and deep respect we all have for you. Your site is so slow because thousands of us are on here commiserating.

We als
07/06/2008 | 11:03 PM
Dear Roger,
I am so sorry you lost. You have nothing to be ashamed of. Your service game, all those aces, your returning game, all those winners! You were awesome. It was incredibly close and could have gone either way. I am so glad it was Rafa if someon
07/06/2008 | 10:51 PM
Great match & you are a great champion. Kudos to Nadal for hanging tough. Unfortunately the delaying tactics came again into play by Nadal at crucial points.

You are a great champion & great luck for US open.
07/06/2008 | 10:47 PM
Dear Roger,

It hurts, I know. I feel so much for you. It hurts me too. I feel sad.
I am so sorry you did not get this trophy.
You deserved it.
And I wanted you to win, I wanted it so bad!

You played so well, you fought so hard. You can be so
07/06/2008 | 10:43 PM
be healthy, strong, gladful, in all way!!!
i love you everytime the same way!!!!!!
07/06/2008 | 10:43 PM
what?
just say me what?
i love you. you are my hero. you are my love. my dream. but ... .
rafael nadal good player while you are better. rafael nadal play very well but not better you. are you tired or nervous?
4 final and 4 loss in one year? terribl
07/06/2008 | 10:43 PM
Dear Roger,

Do not despair. You showed what a great champion you are by simply coming back from 2-0 down. Thank you for trying so hard. You are such a great person. I think this match was also very close, just like last year's final; it could've gone
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