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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 | 02:40 PM
Hi Roger, I missed the match but I saw the match on Sportcenter on ESPN. It was a great win! It seems that u are well on ur way to getting ur eye back in. Great win and Good luck
08/19/2005 | 02:26 PM
GOD listened 2 my prayer!.....Rog got through in straight sets!....CHEERS!!!..& I HAD A GOOD NIGHTS' SLEEP!!!
08/19/2005 | 02:20 PM
I don't know if anyone has paid attention to the Cincy Draw but if all the quarterfinals go to plan with the top seeds going through it will be exactly rematches from the Australian Open semi finals. With Federer V Safin and Hewitt V Roddick.Jus want to s
08/19/2005 | 02:06 PM
Go Roger Go! The new site is beatiful
08/19/2005 | 01:52 PM
Congrats, Roger!

Hmmm... I just HOPE that MARIA SHARAPOVA was whatching... One can only guess... ;-)

You would be the perfect couple... *sigh*
08/19/2005 | 01:10 PM
YES! Glad to see you've gradually overcome your sluggishness and playing in rhythm again. Happy for you; well done. Keep it up. My faith is in you to hold up the Champion Cup on Sunday; no doubt at all.

08/19/2005 | 12:55 PM
Hi Roger,

Congrats in the superb win over Rochus! Its definitely a great improvement over your first 2 wins! Keep it up and I hope you will also improve on your unforced errors (they are a little too many for you)...Stay focused and healthy and we will
08/19/2005 | 11:25 AM
Hii roger..

Cant wait to watch you in US open! Best wishes.. Its a delight to watch you play tennis... but unfortunately this cahmapionship (Cincy
) is not being telecasted where I stay..! is it possible to get some video clips of this tournament...?
08/19/2005 | 11:08 AM
Hi, Roger! I can't see your matches i can only wait and watch every morning news to hear about you! Every day i ask God give you health, power, mental and moral strength and luck!
I hope you win in Cincy! Good luck!!!
08/19/2005 | 10:54 AM
Hi, Rogi!

U did a good job. That's an amazing Tennis show.
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