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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 | 02:19
El mejor Roger sólido no hay quien iguale al numero uno de todos los tiempos acaba con Nadal y cobra tu reancha por el Roland Garros del año pasado.

VAMOS CAMPEON
04.03.2006 | 02:11
Dear Roger:

Deep within you know you can WIN...WIN...WIN and that's what's important. No more needs to be said.

Your favorite and MOST SENIOR fan in NJ.
Destroy Him Roger! Don't have mercy!!!
04.03.2006 | 01:19
VAMOSSS ROGER, KILL NADAL (WITH YOUR RAQUET OF COURSE) AND WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP
04.03.2006 | 00:55
Roger

Let's go Roger, finish Nadal and tie the record that you have with him then in Roland Garros you will be the next champion.
04.03.2006 | 00:47
Dear Roger,
Good Luck against Nadal!!^-^
Warmest Wishes, Diana
04.03.2006 | 00:19
congratulations, roger, and come on!. sara
04.03.2006 | 00:17
FEDERER .. I am here again ..

I feel beter when I write to you ..

I am dream you won 2-1 against nadal ..

really .. federer

I hope that ...

I hope you send me by my email ..

please do not forget me when you read me

massege ...

04.03.2006 | 00:02

Hiiii ... Roger federer ..

I cant wait to see you tomorow ...

I want to see you now ... won

please federer .. we want to won .. please

I LOVE YOU ... So .. you must won ..

.. because I want to pride you >>>

I LOVE YOU .. GODE LUCK
03.03.2006 | 23:53
Congratulations for reaching yet another final Roger! :) You're the best ! :)

Good luck for tomorrow! :) I'll be cheering for you! :)