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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 | 10:43 PM
What a match....just a bit unlucky that Rog made the mistakes in a few crucial moments...congrats to Nadal, he did hang in there mentally today. Tears did flow from me, champ, as we fans know exactly how you must be feeling right now...though you were tr
07/06/2008 | 10:42 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
07/06/2008 | 10:41 PM
Roger, my Greatest ever player,

Iam sorry. I feel your pain.
God does not give you everything. There is next year.
Hard court season is coming. You are still the World No.1.

For me it deos not matter you win or lose, or No.1 or not.
You are my
07/06/2008 | 10:31 PM
Lieber Rogie!!!!!

I am SO PROUD of you!!!!!!! You both played like winners!!!!

You will always be number one to me!!!!!!
07/06/2008 | 10:30 PM
Crying at this moment and is hard to accept ur loss....I wanted u to win sooo much. At least u played really good and i know you are the best tennis player ever. It doesn't matter to all of ur fans what ppl or press may say of u. Ur message: always trust
07/06/2008 | 10:29 PM
Crying at this moment and is hard to accept ur loss....I wanted u to win sooo much. At least u played really good and i know you are the best tennis player ever. It doesn't matter to all of ur fans what ppl or press may say of u. Ur message: always trust
07/06/2008 | 10:29 PM
I spoke in name of me and my friends.What angry you??I don't understand what you want?
So keep your own and go to bed because you're tired lucy58
07/06/2008 | 10:29 PM
Roger you are a graceful one who knows how to lose. I love you even more and will be glad to see you come back to Wimbledon next year.You ae so graceful and classy!!God Bless You and Keep You Safe and Healthy!!!!!
07/06/2008 | 10:22 PM
unbelievable play which Roger played!!! i admire very very much the whole man even more it was amazing strongness which he showed!!! he can be proud of himself, amazing it was!!! elképeszto volt!!! ok he doesn't win but that's not everything i think!!!!!
07/06/2008 | 10:22 PM
padre46 who made you our spokesperson? Please speak for yourself. Great job Roger, on to the next tournament in Toronto where all your fans are waiting to cheer you on and to support you always.
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