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Roger to play his third final this year

03.03.2006 | Tennis

Roger defeated Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 6-2 6-3 to reach the final of the Dubai Open. Roger will now either meet second-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal or unseeded German Rainer Schüttler in Saturday's final.

 

Although the score suggests it was a straightforward match for the Swiss top seed, a strangely inconsistent performance from Roger in the first set meant he fell behind in his first four service games. He had to fight off four break points in the opening game and although he broke to lead 2-0 when Youzhny netted a weak backhand, Roger faced another three break points in the next game. He also fell behind 0-30 in his remaining two service games of the set but often followed up by playing sublime tennis to pull himself out of trouble.

 

After holding off an eighth break point when leading 4-2, Roger broke again for the set when Youzhny made a forehand error. The second set was more comfortable for Roger as he raised his game and often ended rallies by changing the pace and forcing errors from his opponent. The outcome of the set still hinged on just one break of serve. That came in the seven-deuce second game after Youzhny failed to win any of five game points and then double-faulted on break point.

 

"Overall, I played well in the match," Roger commented. "I'm very happy, I just tried to win it."

 
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04.03.2006 | 17:42
amazing!!!!!!!!!your win is all my life ....thank you for give me such wonderful life....God bless you .my love..
04.03.2006 | 16:33
Animo Roger you are the best in the world, you can to win I believe in you tahnk for you game WINNNNNNNNNNNNNN i am with you in heart and mind you have to win to nadal
04.03.2006 | 16:08
Best wishes for the final Roger, we love you for ever!!
04.03.2006 | 15:56
Go Roger go!!!! I know you can do it!!!! let's get the third victory but not the last one!!
Andrea
04.03.2006 | 15:32
Good luck! I know you can do it!!
04.03.2006 | 15:18
Hi Roger,
It's today ..Oh my god ..my heart is pulsing strongly ..I feel afraid and assured at the same time ...I don't know why this feeling..!! Please forgave me, but I know you can do it .
Good luck & Be careful ..!!

MY LOVE TO YOU

Soumya
04.03.2006 | 15:09
Hello Rog,
Don't forget the match last year in de semi final of the French Open........

I know you can beat him,
Regards,
Sunil
04.03.2006 | 15:03
Goor work, Roger.
Now go ahead for the title!
But please don' t forget the plesure of play, which you make play so well. Enjoy the final with Nadal, you will hold the trophy!!!

Miwa
04.03.2006 | 15:01
Hello Roger and Roger's cyberfans. There's only one hour left for the start of the match and fortunately here in Chile (my country) i'm gonna be able to see it. If Roger has his first serve working for him, is going to be very difficult from Nadal to beat
04.03.2006 | 14:39
Hi roger,

Congrats once again you finally started to play great tennis didn't think that you played the best that i have seen you but the good thing is that we all know that you always have some other gears to go to if you need to.
Just don't start l