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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 | 17:15


Roger, you got this!!!


31.01.2009 | 17:14
Hi ***willsson***, thanks:-).

I hope we'll see a fresh, relaxed and matter-of-fact Roger Federer tomorrow. If he manages to ignore the hype about "the greatest rivalry" etc., he will have no problems overcoming Nadal in the final. But he might get into
31.01.2009 | 17:14
btw...RE: medical timeouts...an ex-player from back in the day once told me that players could call for a medical time-out, however, once the "trainer" touched them, they had to default. How times have changed...now you can get a massage, a manicure, a p
31.01.2009 | 17:13
best of luck roger,play aggressive,play ur natural game
31.01.2009 | 17:09
i love your suggestion about the one way glass and buzzer idea. i really wish they would use that
31.01.2009 | 17:09
yes roger nice game,
Fight and take it back from rafa..
all the best, we will support you, I promise...

hope to see this smile again and again...
31.01.2009 | 17:09
I was very interested to read what Pat Cash had to say about what goes on with Rafa and even others. First of all I am so glad that Roger has never cheated nor would he even think of it. Tennis means too much to him for him to do that and besides that he
31.01.2009 | 17:08
Good Luck today Roger!
You can do it we all believe as you do in yourself!
There's only one final step between you and the 14th slam and we all know it's there waiting for you!
Play how you know best, the finest tennis there is and then it'll be yours!
31.01.2009 | 17:06
***Mary Corbin***
I fullly agree with your assessment...that nothing really comes of the complaints and calls for reform.

I agree that the tournaments are beholden to the marquee players, but if enough voices, especially prominent ones like Cash are
31.01.2009 | 17:06
Play your best .
You rock.
You can do it , just do it.
Good luck for the final.
Lots of love.