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Ready for the quarter-finals

07.09.2005 | Tennis

Roger dropped his first set in the US Open before defeating Nicolas Kiefer of Germany 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.


"So far in this tournament, I haven't lost a set before", Roger said after the match. "When it happens, you're not ready for it,'' he added. Roger is now 68-3 and unbeaten since the semi-finals at the French Open, having won 32 straight matches on hard courts - moving him ahead of Ivan Lendl and behind only Pete Sampras in the Open era. Roger can break Sampras' record by winning the US Open.


Roger did look vulnerable early against Kiefer whom he'd already beaten three times this year, even tossing his racket once. He next plays 11th-seeded David Nalbandian of Argentina, a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-2 victor over Italian Davide Sanguinetti. Roger said before that match he would prefer Nalbandian, "because I have a bad record against him."

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09/07/2005 | 04:56 PM
Dearest Roger,
Don't worry about that set, you cannot always win in three sets, so everything is OK. Kiefer is talented, but, you see, he can take away a set but not the match. Congratulations on your victory :)
Good luck against Nalbadian, you are far-
09/07/2005 | 04:55 PM
CONGRATULATIONS! And thank you for acknowledging Kiefer before he got off the court - very classy, good sportsmanship. You always seem to remember your losing opponents graciously. We need more of this today!!!
Meanwhile, hope you
09/07/2005 | 04:50 PM

Roger !

I just can´t wait till u beat them all!
09/07/2005 | 04:43 PM
A really classy gesture towards Kiefer as he was leaving the stadium, - this is what separates you and everyone else on the court.
Hope you'll start quickly in full force against Nalbandian tomorrow, that could be a tough one. Best wishes, you're the bes
09/07/2005 | 04:28 PM
i m lookin for ur semifinal show with hewitt - though i believe tht u will break the smapras record and will go on to win US OPEN

ur biggest fan,,,
09/07/2005 | 04:14 PM
Another step closer to victory Roger! Great job! I know you will be victorious against Nalbandian because from your previous 2 meetings with him, you won them. I'll always cheer you on!!! Wishing you the BEST!

09/07/2005 | 03:51 PM
It can only get better. Take the title Roger. Pat UK.
09/07/2005 | 03:09 PM
Good to get that ONE set over and done with, what is in perfect order is your attitude! Nalbandian, where are you?
09/07/2005 | 03:06 PM
Dearest Roger,

Good to see you hanging in there. Life isn't always as easy as you would like it and you can't be on top form all of the time. But when you had to, you pulled out the goods again and that's why you're no.1. Besides, you always seem to go
09/07/2005 | 03:03 PM
Well done Roger, that was a tough match. Kiefer is a talented guy, confident right now and with nothing to lose playing you - and your game was not quite on song as it usually is.

But you stayed calm and gritty and got the job done - can't be perfec
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