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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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31.01.2009 | 18:46
i was reading a few forums and here is something someone said-
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"i really think you guys are underestimating the physicality of the match nadal just played. brad gilbert int
31.01.2009 | 18:42
i think roger needs to hold serve to win today. nadal shouldnt even be able to get near breaking .
then, when roger has break point on nadal's serve. he needs to capitalize and go for his chances. in wimbledon, when roger had so many chances that he didn
31.01.2009 | 18:40
*** Fans

There a new News thread, see you all there!
31.01.2009 | 18:37
*** Mounaque

thanks for the Tony Roche article. Nice to be reminded about the epic match in Rome 2006. It was so close! And of course the glorious Hamburg 2007!

btw, I like the beautiful pic of Roger & Mirka in your profile!
31.01.2009 | 18:37
***Mounaque***thanks for posting the Tony Roche article.
31.01.2009 | 18:32
come on federer
do it please,
for your fans do it
you beat him in the last meeting on the hard court , please repeat it tomorrow roger,
we love you so much
do it for GAZAH
resho,
31.01.2009 | 18:26
***Mounaque***thanks for sharing the Tony Roche article.

***Guys***thanks for the enlightening and amusing commentary. It sure helps to while away the time and work off some nervous energy. Keep it coming!!!
31.01.2009 | 18:19
*** Shell

Thanks a lot for the story of Nada choking on a piece of banana. Pretty incredible actually!

I thought that he had 'choked' right after eating the banana... but he was able to serve a few times until he noticed that piece of banana stuck
31.01.2009 | 18:19
Tony Roche compares Roger Federer to the Rockhampton Rocket, Rod Laver

By Darren Walton

January 31, 2009 TONY Roche believes it is inevitable that Roger Federer will eclipse Pete Sampras's all-time record 14 grand slam titles - even if the Swiss sta
31.01.2009 | 18:15
Dear Roger,
Everything is possible when there is still a mad man to believe in it!!!!
So make the impossible!
Be and stay incredible!
Try to do your best!
Fight and battle from beginning to end!
Stay concentrate and applied!
YOU CAN DO IT! Do it fo