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The perfect match

27.01.2009 | Tennis

Roger showed some of the best tennis of his career today, blowing away Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open: 6-3, 6-0, 6-0.

 

"I thought it would be a long match," Roger said after his terrific display. "His level dropped considerately towards the end, but you have to get him to that point first. I'm happy not to have wasted any further energy after the five sets against Berdych."

 

Del Potro is regarded as one of the rising stars of men's tennis, having stormed up the rankings from No.65 midway through last year. But he had a nightmare match on Tuesday night, cast in the role of mouse to Roger's cat, as our former world No.1 toyed with his opponent before producing a swift kill.

 

Roger playfully pulled off an audacious array of shots from all parts of the court just two days after being forced to come back from two sets down against Tomas Berdych.

The first set was effectively over by the fourth game, when our three-time champion broke 20-year-old Del Potro for a 3-1 lead and served out. By the second set, the match was a procession. Roger reeled off 13 games in a row - taking the set 6-0 and picking up three consecutive breaks in the third as a visibly deflated Del Potro struggled to maintain interest in a match that, in his head, he had already lost. And so it proved as a clinical Roger showed no mercy, serving two aces in the final game as he finished off his demoralised opponent in emphatic style.

 

Roger is looking forward to meeting Andy Roddick in the semifinal. He does, after all, boast a 15-2 head-to-head record over the American seventh seed. He will have particularly fond memories of his last Australian Open meeting with Roddick, when he gave up just six games in winning their semi-final two years ago. However, their last competitive meeting saw the American emerge victorious at the Miami Masters last year.

 
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29.01.2009 | 12:06
CONGRATULATION YOU PLAY BRILIANT WITH RODICK GO FOR14 VERRY GOOD
29.01.2009 | 12:03
Good match Roger! I am glad you made it to the Finals and give yourself a shot at the title. It was a high quality game from you overall in the semis, but, there are still a little bit cause for concern here and there. If 'Andy Roddick' can beat you in lo
29.01.2009 | 12:02
Gooooooooooood oooooooooone.

Congrats Roger.

Pokah22 you can catch some sleep now, but I doubt if the joy will make you sleep.

***drcox,

Can we please enjoy this moment please!!!!!!!!!!

Whoever Roger will meet in the final, Roger's going to
29.01.2009 | 12:01
AWESOME, Roger!! What a display, you make it look soooo simple..... I am flabbergasted!!!!!! Stats are pretty impressive, no loss of service, 51 winners vs 15 unforced errors.....Way to go champ :-)

Tomorrow the other SM will be interesting to watch, V
29.01.2009 | 12:00
beautifully awesome Roger. unbelievable. damn too powerful and beauty!!!! what a performance. eláll a szavam. i don't have words.
29.01.2009 | 12:00
Yes! Yes! Yes! fantastic match. Well played Roger. Tough opponent but you created some magical shots as only you can. Congratulations on reaching another GS final.

Go Roger go!!!!!!!!!
29.01.2009 | 12:00
Yes! Yes! Yes! fantastic match. Well played Roger. Tough opponent but you created some magical shots as only you can. Congratulations on reaching another GS final.

Go Roger go!!!!!!!!!
29.01.2009 | 11:59
Congrats Roger,but I think you have to do more than this in the final...

I think he just stepped up with his game when he needed,but he could do it against Roddick,not against Nadal...

Good luck for the final!
29.01.2009 | 11:59
Congratulatulations Roger! Now make it! Win the final and go for 14!
29.01.2009 | 11:58
BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO!!!!!

Another great win over Roddick, really dengerous opponent.

Roger, you are AMAZING!

Thank you for this match. Now you are in your 18th consecutive GS Final!!!
Go dna win this tournament. Take your 14th GS title.....

C