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Roger wins marathon match

03.09.2008 | Tennis

Roger needed five sets and 3 1/2 hours to beat Igor Andreev and continue his quest for a fifth straight U.S. Open title: 6-7 (7), 7-6 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.


"I'm really happy the way I played. I really think I served well," Roger said immediately after closing out his win. "God, the guy's a good player, so I'm really, really happy."


With his last defeat in Flushing going back to 2003, Roger now has a winning streak of 31 here. He overcame 60 unforced errors, but dominated at the net, winning 58 of a possible 84 points against Andrejew. His opponent was just 12-of-28 on his net approaches. Also, the Russian converted just 2-of-15 break point chances.


Roger won the first three games of the final set, which included a key break of serve in the second game. Andreev was successful on a drop shot, but our star returned the ball to the right corner, and the Russian's backhand went wide as Roger went up 2-0. Then came four break point saves by Roger in the seventh game, when he went ahead 5-2 before finally serving out for the match. It marked just the third time ever that he has played five sets at the U.S. Open.


Roger meets an unlikely opponent in the quarterfinals: Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. Muller upset fifth-seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (12-10).

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04.09.2008 | 23:34
04.09.2008 | 23:33
yeeeessss!! youre' the man!!! all the best for the semis!!
04.09.2008 | 23:33
Woo Hoo! 18th straight gram slam semi!!

Congrats, Champ!!

04.09.2008 | 23:33

I knew you could do it. It took a little longer than expected but you won in straight sets (who could ask for anything more?). Keep on fighting.

04.09.2008 | 23:33
Congratulations !!!!!!!
04.09.2008 | 23:32

Yeah mate, you used skill, resistance and psychology to beat a great opponent...straight sets!

Congrats Roger :)
04.09.2008 | 23:32
someone say something good iam dying here
04.09.2008 | 23:32
congratulate Roger!!!! let's go!!!! very many beautiful shots you had also today come on Roger!!!!! amazing performance!!!! powerful with beauty!!!
04.09.2008 | 23:31
Congratulations on your win
04.09.2008 | 23:30
what a return yes!!!!!! into the semi!!!!!