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Semis against Nalbandian

12.05.2006 | Tennis

Roger needed five match points to close out a tough 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-5 win over Spanish qualifier Nicolas Almagro in the Rome Masters quarterfinals.


The 20-year-old Almagro, one of the most improved players on tour, ripped baseline winners throughout the match as Roger struggled to hold serve. After winning the first set comfortably, he served for the second at 5-4 and double-faulted on his first match point. Almagro then hit two blistering backhands to break Roger's serve for 5-5.


Almagro hit 31 winners to Roger's 30. Almagro's ranking has climbed from No. 111 at the end of last season to 54th. He won his first career title in Valencia last month and reached the semifinals in Barcelona. Roger has lost two matches all year, both to Rafael Nadal, who he could face again in the final here.


Roger will next face third-ranked David Nalbandian, who beat Mario Ancic 6-3, 6-3.

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12.05.2006 | 19:16
Nice, I was kinda scared but shouldn't have been. Praying Nadal gets through so you can end his streak just short of 53.
12.05.2006 | 19:04
Congratulations on your hard-earned victory Roger!
You gave me a little scare today, but I'm very proud of the way you fought your way to victory against a talented and confident opponent...
As many times before you have shown again today, that even wh
12.05.2006 | 18:36
My word...you had us all complete nervous wrecks during that one!!

Congrats though and best of luck against Nalbandian

12.05.2006 | 18:33
That was a tough match! Congratulations on winning it!!!!

Good luck against Nalbandian!!!
12.05.2006 | 18:31

Congratulations on your fantastic match against Nicolas Almagro!
It was an absolute thrill the entire way. You seemed to take the first set very easily, cruising smoothly, it seemed you had found your rhythm early yet Almagro hadn't.
But ear
12.05.2006 | 18:30
Close call but finally success! Congratulations, good luck for the semi. Nalbandian is in great form, you'll need to be at your best.
Fingers crossed
12.05.2006 | 18:30
really tough match,right?
but i thought it's good for you to prepare for the final against rafael(maybe).before that,you should beat nalbandian first,i'm sure you will.
cheering up for you!

12.05.2006 | 18:30
you won...you won...
next match you will face nalbandian...but i think you cuold pass through him...

umm...go roger...
12.05.2006 | 18:28
you shoud beat rafa this time
hope to C U then roger
12.05.2006 | 18:24
Felicitations Roger,

Tu es numero un!