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Roger blasts through to final!

29.01.2009 | Tennis

Roger showed another great display today to reach the Australian Open final! He defeated Andy Roddick in straight sets 6-2, 7-5, 7-5 and is on course for a record-tying 14th Grand Slam title.

 

"Andy's been playing really playing well so I knew I had a tough match ahead of me," Roger said. "I thought I played really well tonight because Andy played good too, so it was fun."

 

With Rafael Nadal as the favourite for his semi final, Roger commented: "He's showing why he's the best player in the world. I would love to play him in the final, that's for sure."

 

The victory also meant that Roger emulated Pete Sampras by reaching 18 grand slam finals. The only person to beat Roger in a major final is Nadal, three at Roland Garros and once at Wimbledon. Ivan Lendl played 19 grand slam finals.

 

It was demoralising for Andy Roddick today, who came into the match revitalised by a change in coach but got off to an appalling start and argued with the chair umpire as the first set slipped past in 32 minutes. Roger had the seventh seed on a string and he reeled off 12 straight points to take the second, breaking for 6-5 and serving out with grim precision for the two-set lead.

Roddick tangled again with the umpire when he swore loudly and received a code violation, and was left staggered when Roger dug himself out of trouble with a brilliant drop shot, lob and stop-volley to hold for 5-5. The American was then guilty of a howler as he patted the ball to Roger's feet with the court begging, gifting the crucial break point which our champ converted with an unstoppable forehand before calmly serving out the win.

 

Roger can join Roy Emerson, André Agassi, Jack Crawford and Ken Rosewall as the only men to have won four or more titles in Melbourne. Way to go, Roger!

 
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01.02.2009 | 18:14
You are the best player in the world ,don not woory about this result ,just come on ,I think you will won in the next competition .Come on!
01.02.2009 | 00:14
Excelente Roger:
Estaremos pegado al televisor para verte triunfar en tu 14 gran slam.
Te deseamos mucha suerte y que le hagas a nadal lo que le hiciste a Del Potro.
31.01.2009 | 21:38
Winner Australian Open 2009: Roger Federer
Winner French Open 2009: Roger Federer
Winner Wembledon 2009: Roger Federer
Winner US-Open 2009: (guess who?) Roger Federer
it's all yours Roger. Go get them all!!!
31.01.2009 | 20:49
Go Roger Goooooooooooooooooooo
31.01.2009 | 20:36
Sorry for posting so late. First of all congratulations on your terrific win over Andy and for reaching your 18th GS Final!!!
You served incredibly well and made so many beautiful passing shots and forehand winners!!!
What a treat once again for all you
31.01.2009 | 20:16
that was a great match , but i am disappointed from Andy's behavior , but the most imp thing that u won , :D:D:D:D:D:D
31.01.2009 | 19:20
Just go and get it!
we love you!
31.01.2009 | 18:47
Everybody knows when it comes to Grand Slam finals, Roger is no joker and no choker. He will take the fight to his opponent. He will be mentally and strategically prepared.

Roger has the variety, the power, the speed, the brain and the heart. Even in
31.01.2009 | 18:47
***Hey Guys***

Nada played an "epic" match against fellow countryman Verdasco which lasted 5 hrs 14mins. Nada claims that Roger has an advantage over him because of the additional day of rest. He also hints at being a bit tired. We'd realize, howeve
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