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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 | 10:24
Congratulations Roger! You are awesome.....I know you'll win. Good luck!
04.03.2006 | 10:03
I wAtchEd yOu in the TV. laSt moRniNg, just waNNa be tHere.
I'LL watCH you AgAin toMoRRow morNinG.
I kNow it'S haRd tO fight with NaDaL, bUt I'm SurE you'LL bE the WiNNeR

LOVE YOU ALWAYS, Fight!!! Have a Nice GamE \^-^/

From LooKKaew <THAiLanD>
04.03.2006 | 09:52
Go!!U can do it.
04.03.2006 | 09:52
Hey Champ,
Good Luck tonite!! Im so excited plus nervous, anyway my advice to you focus,focus and focus. The trophy is all yours!!!!

04.03.2006 | 08:37
04.03.2006 | 08:24
Hi Sir Roger,

Im so scared for ur finals with Nadal. We dont have coverage of Dubai open here in the Philippines but i'll track your scores thru the net. I pray that you will win. I know you can beat him. Please dont make me feel bad again. I really fe
04.03.2006 | 07:51
Dear Roger,
All u need is more matches agaists Nadal. Once u know his lefty style, your head to head record will be 25-2. I am so happy that u got an opportunity to play against him before french open. U will get the pace and his s
04.03.2006 | 07:01
Roger, congratulations!!!
I can't wait to see you win the game tomorrow!!
04.03.2006 | 06:58
roger . all the best ,
in dudai finals

04.03.2006 | 06:47
well played!!!!!!!
you deserve to win the final.
all the best!!!!!!!!