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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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08/19/2005 | 07:33 PM
Easily your best match of the week. You moved very well, your forehands and your backhands were beautiful, and your net points were brilliant. Whatever you're doing to feel comfortable on this surface, don't stop! You're in the quarters now! Hurrah fo
08/19/2005 | 07:10 PM
Ok mann, seems like you got it back. Now we are starting to watch the magic. The draw now cannot be better, all of my fav. players are there and you will beat them all.

Now, I have to tell you that you need to be very carefull against Acasuso, I do not
08/19/2005 | 06:51 PM
It's great to see you get your rhythm back! You're variety and talent are as amazing as ever. Are you enjoying serve and volleying more? :)

Good luck, Roger!

08/19/2005 | 05:30 PM
Pity I didn't see the match,what a loss. But it's still glad to learn from the news that you won. Congratulations! Wish you good luck in the comming matches! I can't wait to see you in the final.
08/19/2005 | 04:58 PM
hey Roger,i cant see your matches coz they r not telecast here but it looks you playing great..keep it up n good luck for the rest of the matches...Cheers!!
08/19/2005 | 04:46 PM
Congratulations Roger! Well played!

Good luck in the next match! :)
08/19/2005 | 04:46 PM
3 down, 3 to go.

I watched your match first thing this morning, having taped TSN's 3 a.m. broadcast. It's exciting when you don't know the outcome because you can't be sure how they've edited the tape. Also, since we see only one match from the day, yo
08/19/2005 | 04:23 PM
You were perfect Thursday night. You played great.
I will watch the quarters and am sure you will rule...
08/19/2005 | 04:02 PM
your played was awesome... and like your web-teams said you were in cruise control last night against rochus (rochus is a good player and I like him as well because he alway put a smile on his face).. but, still too many unforced errors... I think
08/19/2005 | 03:28 PM
Hi Roger
That's great. Fantastic!
I hope you'll win today too, and take the title on sunday. You'll be able to do it, I believe...
Anyway, Good luck for the quarter finals.

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