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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 | 22:51
come on roger!
take the third!!!
04.09.2008 | 22:48
COME ON ROG, WE WANT TO SEE THAT ROAR AGAIN! ( UR SO CUTE DOING THAT!)
04.09.2008 | 22:48
RainbowYH: thank you for the streaming links!
04.09.2008 | 22:48
Roger you are my hero, my inspiration. To me you're not just a sportsman but a person who has done so much. So lets go Federer, say "ADIOS RAFA!!!"
04.09.2008 | 22:41
Trinimum,

You ARE working! It is a lot of work to be a Roger's fan! But it is fun!
04.09.2008 | 22:41
TWO DOWN ONE MORE TO GO.... GO FOR IT OUR CHAMP GO! GO! GO!
04.09.2008 | 22:39
Hello, Rogerholics!!! Just have to pretend that I'm working. :)
04.09.2008 | 22:39
We're happy for you securing two sets - don't give him the last one!!! I can breathe now!!!!

maricar
04.09.2008 | 22:39
come on Rog powerful play and 2sets lead let's go!!!!
04.09.2008 | 22:39
Roger leads with 2 sets! WOW!
One more to go!!!
GO ROGER!!!!!!
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Fans,
Did you guys notice Reto Staubli sitting in Roger's box? I don't know why he was not at Wimbledon this year, but I am happy to see him again cheering for his freiend Roger