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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 | 05:26 AM

Even though I don't have cable tv to watch your matches, I check your website everyday! I would like to say you've been playing terrifically and I know you will make it to the end. Good luck!

08/20/2005 | 04:47 AM
Congratulations! Just play the way you like. No doubt you are No. 1 in the world.
08/20/2005 | 04:27 AM
"Teach" - Mary Kay -
You have found your form. I knew you would. I don't need to wish you luck in the semis. Just like Rochus and Acasuso - Ginepri will have his hands full. It's great to be your fan. You have so many in the State
08/20/2005 | 03:52 AM
good luck tomorow against Ginepri. I know you can win this match. You are the best!!
08/20/2005 | 01:25 AM
congratulations! come on , you are the best, you don´t forget. kisses.
08/20/2005 | 12:23 AM
I never saw your match against Olivier Rochus, but just the same, I am delighted to know that you have won the match. Good luck on your next match. I hope you win the tournament.
08/20/2005 | 12:06 AM
You're number one without any doubts...
Good luck in next match...


08/19/2005 | 11:16 PM
Great match.
14 faults in the first set, 4 , only 4 in the second.
a lot of winners.
You know, very fast you will in your way.
I am proud of you.
It is a pleassure to see you.
Love and support
Cecilia and family
08/19/2005 | 11:13 PM

Good match. You have 14 faults in the first set, 4 in the second...............
You are amaizing.
I knew , that with competition you comeback very
Keep going
Love and support
08/19/2005 | 11:04 PM
Great match. Glad to see Roger's game coming along. Hope the competition gets destroyed in Cincy, which will provide great momentum heading in to the Open.
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