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Roger in the Semis

29.06.2005 | Tennis

Roger's bid for a Wimbledon hat-trick gathered momentum after a sound performance against Fernando Gonzalez earned him a place in the semifinals. He completed an emphatic win in one hour and 50 minutes, sweeping aside the Chilean 7-5 6-2 7-6. Roger, unbeaten in 34 matches on grass, will now face Australian Lleyton Hewitt who cruised past Feliciano Lopez of Spain 7-5 6-4 7-6. "I'm very satisfied with my game today," said Roger. "If I can continue at this level I can beat any player." The stage was set even before the match had started. Gonzalez and Roger had already met four times and the Swiss number one had clinched victory in every single encounter. Roger broke the Chilean's serve early in the first set to make it 3-1 but Gonzalez took the break back immediately to make it 4-4. The defending champion finally took the first set after a series of errors by Gonzalez handed him a break in the 12th game. He then cruised through the second set allowing the Chilean to take only two games. Gonzalez upped his game significantly to force a tiebreak in the third set but Roger made no mistakes clinching the tiebreak and the match 7-2. Hewitt reached the Wimbledon semifinals for the second time with a ruthless victory over 26th seed Feliciano Lopez - the first Spaniard in the men's quarterfinals for 33 years.

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