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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 | 23:30
Dearest Roger,

Congratulations on winning this hard fought match against Almagro! Tomorrow its going to be another hard one. I wish you all the luck in the world against Nalbandian!


12.05.2006 | 23:18
Congratulations, Roger--you persevered and now you're in the Rome SFs! You CAN take Nalbandian--consider it your chance to take revenge for the Masters Cup. Good luck!

God bless you,
Joreen :-D
12.05.2006 | 23:04
Congratulations Roger on a hard faught win. Four down, two to go. Good luck in the semis against Nalbandian
12.05.2006 | 23:01
I loves thaf maztch, because whem ome day the play is compmicated , an other day is simple. In fact i hope tomorrow will be so easy. or so good.In the gfinal the important is that you eill be a teste.
gpood luck.we always will be support and sufferd.
12.05.2006 | 22:56
hey I was really scared!,but you did it,now gor for Nalbandian,u can do it Roger!!!!
12.05.2006 | 22:43
Dear Roger:

Let nothing stand in your way
you're almost at the end.
Keep doing what you do best
and WIN...WIN...WIN.

Your Favorite and MOST SENIOR Fan in NJ
12.05.2006 | 22:12
12.05.2006 | 22:02
I just watched this match...wow explosive! It was rather exciting I was on the edge of my seat for the whole thing! This guy didn't go down without a fight! Congrats Rogi my dear!

Good Luck in Semi's!!!
12.05.2006 | 21:35
i like football and my fave\ourite national team is italy and i can't resist comparing you to italy 1982. i hope you don't mind.... after a not so sparkling game, a very good one comes when is most needed. we all believe in you and we'll always be your f
12.05.2006 | 21:25
Hi roger,

Firstly congratulations on a truly hard fought match i have never shouted as much as i did in that match i have now lost my voice which to my brother is fantastic but i have to say there were some quite bad shot 's by your high standed's when