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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 | 09:26 PM
Excellent serving rog! this title is yours!
07/06/2008 | 09:26 PM
Excellent serving rog! this title is yours!
07/06/2008 | 09:25 PM
Match on again!! COME ON ROGER!! COME ON FANS!!! We're all gonna do it together again till he lifts the trophy!!!
07/06/2008 | 09:25 PM
Now Roger and Rafael came back.

whbarney, I made "GOD BOX". Excellent idea.

Thank you sheleo, appreciating me calling me did "class act'. We ar all classy people here at HSH.

I'm going back. Ace 19 by Roger.
07/06/2008 | 09:25 PM
what serves!!!!!
07/06/2008 | 09:25 PM
Looks like the rain didn't dampen Rogie's spirits-- two aces-- whoaaaaaaa!!!!!!
07/06/2008 | 09:24 PM
Roger, this match is already the best one I've seen in many many years.

Keep focused, and keep serving the way you always do, because Nadal is getting a lot of trouble with that.

And now THE PRESSURE IS ON HIS SIDE, so you have to it take this oppor
07/06/2008 | 09:23 PM
Add another note to your boxes!!!!!

Here we go!!!
07/06/2008 | 09:22 PM
COME ON, ROGER!!!!!!

I don't drink but I promise that I won't sleep and drink to congratulate you!!!!!!

Please, do it again just like 2005 Miami Final against Nadal!! Do it again just like Wimbledon Final of last year!!! Do it again just like 2001
07/06/2008 | 09:21 PM
Yes, guys, site VERY slow-- let's hope Nada comes back this slow. They're back on court!!!

Allez, Rogie!!!!!!!!!!!!!