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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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03.03.2006 | 23:36
Vamos Roger!! demostrale a todos lo que sos capaz de hacer, especialmente con Nadal. Vamos!!!!!
03.03.2006 | 23:32
Good Luck in the final Roger !

Good Luck, Health and Happiness !

Simi.
03.03.2006 | 23:31
great job!

kokumbur =)
03.03.2006 | 23:19
Great Roger!! Congrats, as far as I heard that final will be against Nadal, I'm wishing so much to see this match!!! and hope to see you playing quite agressive from the beginning and show him that you are the BEST!!
As ever I wish you my best!
I love
03.03.2006 | 23:17
well rogei it is always nice to see you in finals!
i hope you will win it like you always do.Just play with ur full spirt and you will win
03.03.2006 | 23:07
Great Roger!!!

Now beat Nadal in the Final, I know you are going to shine all your powerful game.

GO ROGER, Keep up!!
03.03.2006 | 23:07
Congratulations on another sensational match against Youzhny! I cannot lie and say that I'm not afraid for you as you play Nadal, but I am confident that you will do your best and will prevail!

Much love,
Joreen :-D
03.03.2006 | 21:47
well done roger....tomorrow there is the match of matches....you can't lose,you must give a tennis lesson to nadal....we are always with you!!!come on roger!!!
03.03.2006 | 21:22
Roger,
Show spaniard that you are world NO.1
Whe never forget rolland-garros semi final last year

finish him
03.03.2006 | 20:57
Congratulations Roger, great win and all the best in the final against Nadal. It would be nice for you to tie up the head to head score to two all. It would also be fantastic for you to win Dubai four in a row - good luck.
Cheers
Siggi