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19.08.2005 | Tennis

Roger was in cruise control on Thursday night as he beat Belgian Olivier Rochus 6-3 6-4 to lead four of the world's top five into the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters.

Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Safin and Andy Roddick all moved into the last eight but Roger was the star of the show as he overcame a ragged start to set up a clash with Argentine Jose Acasuso. After spraying a few forehands over the baseline in the first few games, Roger, playing his first event since Wimbledon, found his rhythm and Rochus, the world No 34, could only laugh as shot after shot was sent ripping past him.

The top seed smashed 14 aces and broke in the eighth game of the first set and the third of the second as he advanced in style. "I'm really happy with the way I played tonight," Roger said. "He's a really tough player and I played aggressive which you have to do against him because he's so good from the baseline." Roger and Rochus played each other many times in the junior ranks, and the Swiss admitted he had not always had things his own way. "We played under 14s when he was good and I was not," Roger said. "When we got to under 16s I started to grow and started to win a bit more."

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08/20/2005 | 02:05 PM
that's the way with all of your rivals, i think. you bloomed late & you did that in the best possible way. e.g. hewitt....he used to beat you most of the time years ago...but he dares not even think of beating you nowadays. c'mon, show them at cincy and t
08/20/2005 | 01:18 PM
Hi Rog!

I knew the matches against Rochus and Acasuso would be much easier than the ones against Blake and Kiefer and so they were.

You should expect another really tough match against Ginepri, who easily beat Safin in just over an hour. He will pla
08/20/2005 | 12:23 PM

Hurrah!!! Im so glad to see you play again(and winning matches as usual..). I weren't able to watch you play live on television, but im as equally happy as being able to watch..
2 more matches to go roger!! i know you can make it al
08/20/2005 | 12:22 PM
Supergood to read about these great results.
Good luck also in the upcoming matches.
Take the title..
08/20/2005 | 12:16 PM

Acassuso is a good boy, aren´t so hard with him, only win him please

i love you
stella maris
08/20/2005 | 11:24 AM
not being able to watch your match last night against acasuso.. so, no comments about your play..Just come here to say Congratulations!!
Good Luck..
08/20/2005 | 09:53 AM
Great match ^^
Good Luck !!
08/20/2005 | 08:35 AM
Good luck Roger, you are playing better now. Take the title tomorrow and wear your red t shirt and then you will always be a winner.
Pat, UK.
08/20/2005 | 07:46 AM
Congratulations to you ,Roger ,C'mon ,you are the best ~
08/20/2005 | 07:04 AM
Way to go Rogi!!!!! Keep it up!!! :D
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