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Roger into quarters

08.05.2008 | Tennis

Roger is still on track for a first title in Rome after defeating Croatian Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (4), 6-3 in his third round clash.

 

"It's difficult to judge against Ivo, he has an unbelievable serve, the best in the game," Roger said. "You don't play much on the baseline and you're always under pressure but I'm playing well and feeling good."

 

Conditions were fast on Centre Court in Rome and our champ’s 208 cm tall opponent once again served extremely well. Roger managed to fashion six break points in the first set but each one was saved by booming serves. Yet in the first set tie-break he made the breakthrough at 5-4 with a brilliant forehand return pass before a netted backhand from Karlovic handed him the set.

Roger landed a forehand on the line to finally break Karlovic's serve and take a 3-2 lead in the second set, then broke again to close out the match when the Croatian missed a volley. He next faces Czech Radek Stepanek. The head-to-head between the two is 4-1 in Roger’s favour, Roger having won the last four encounters.

 

 
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Dear Roger
No matter if U loss in Quartfinals, but you have to prepare as well as you can and make more practice, just focus how to win your first title in Roland Garros.Remember that you have to break Pet Sampras's ricord before it over, only 2 Grand Sl
Dear Roger
No matter if U loss in Quartfinals, but you have to prepare as well as you can and make more practice, just focus how to win your first title in Roland Garros.Remember that you have to break Pet Sampras's ricord before it over, only 2 Grand Sl
Dear Roger
No matter if loss in Quartfinals, but you have to prepare as well as you can and make more practice, just focus how to win your first title in Roland Garros.Remember that you have to break Pet Sampras's ricord before it over, only 2 Grand Slam
Dear Roger
No matter if loss in Quartfinals, but you have to prepare as well as you can and make more practice, just focus how to win your first title in Roland Garros.Remember that you have to break Pet Sampras's ricord before it over, only 2 Grand Slam
09.05.2008 | 19:17
Dear Roger
When you were attacking, YOU WERE BRILLIANT!!! This match was a good test for you and in my humble opinion, very positive. You are not listed in Hamburg so I guess we will see you at the French Open
09.05.2008 | 19:06
Dear Roger,

I am so unhappy, I feel heartache when I think of the possibility that Djoker could lift the trophy – it is so unfair - you fought so hard and you played great tennis in all those three matches! I hope all this unfortunate things that are
09.05.2008 | 19:05
Roger, your backhand killed you again. Today you were not aggressive enough and you were not the one we saw in the past few yrs. If you still play like this, winning French Open is only a dream.
09.05.2008 | 19:03
your backhand sucked badly today hard luck
09.05.2008 | 18:58
Dear Roger,

It is disapointing that you lost to Stepanek today. This match was so nerve wrecking! Real tough!

You served so well in the first set. What a shame you lost the tie break!

In the second set you fought so hard to break Stepanek twic
09.05.2008 | 18:56
Oh no!
Still sad Roger lost today! I think today is just not Roger's day.

Having lost the 1st set and fighting his way back into the second at 4-2 and when Stepanek could have served out the match at 5-3, coupled with the fact that he was winning mor
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