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Roger in the semis in Shanghai

15.11.2005 | Tennis

Roger won his second match today and secured his semifinal spot at the Tennis Masters Cup.

 

Roger, the two-time defending champion, is the only top-five player left in the event. He held on for a 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (4) victory over sixth-seeded Ivan Ljubicic to extend his winning streak to 33 matches.

 

Roger is playing with a heavy black brace on his right ankle and said he was more concerned about his stamina than his aching joint after a six-week layoff. He had some treatment from a physiotherapist at a change of ends in the third set, but it was only a precaution.

 

"I never doubted I was going to finish the match," he said. "`I'm not 100 percent — that's obvious — it's been six weeks without a match and only one week being able to run properly. I came here not knowing if I'd be able to play — I thought I was the worst injured. I can play a normal tournament without having to do crazy things like take injections."

 

Roger secured a semifinal spot at the season-ending event when Guillermo Coria, who at No. 6 has the next-highest ranking in the tournament, lost 7-5, 6-4 to fellow Argentine David Nalbandian in Tuesday's later Red Group match. Roger and Coria, 0-2 at Shanghai, will play Thursday.

 

Ljubicic said "he's not struggling — he's just not in top shape," and thought he was outplayed in the first set but not in the remainder. "Today I felt like, for the first time I was the best player on the court. I feel really upset because I thought I deserved this one."

 

Expectations on Roger are usually high, but the scale took on a new dimension after second-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 5 Andre Agassi withdrew within an hour of each other Monday with injuries.

 
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11/17/2005 | 02:38 AM
Hi Roger: Just keep on winning. You are not responsible for Ljubicic's clouded mind. The best player one and that's Our ROGER!!!

Your favorite and MOST SENIOR fan in NJ.
11/17/2005 | 02:21 AM
Dear Roger ,

Well Done, Keep it up, I am sure u can do it !!

Rds,
Phyllisse
11/16/2005 | 10:01 PM
congratulations Roger!!! superb job!!! good luck in the semis!! we're behind u 100%!! GO ROGER!!!
11/16/2005 | 08:13 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU`LL BE ALWAYS NUMBER 1 FOR ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CADA VEZ TE FALTA MENOS PARA SER OTRA VEZ CAMPEON!!!!!!! VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BESOS
ANALIA
11/16/2005 | 07:20 PM
Roger, i'm glad you're back playing again... and winning! good luck tomorrow! :)

cheers,
Shauna...
11/16/2005 | 06:21 PM
Congratulations for your second win in Shanghai!!!!the match against ljubo was been very hard,but you have won at the end!!!!i think that you are playing well,but you can play better!!!!you have to serve better,because in this two match your first serve i
11/16/2005 | 06:02 PM
You've achieved great victories along this year, and Now is the final tournament
-Masters Cup in Shanghai.

Thank you for your endeavor and passion, in spite of the pain in your right ankle. And I really hope to see you at Final.

11/16/2005 | 05:11 PM
Roger, you are amazing, winning with an injury. I am disgusted that I don't get your matches televised in my area, so I depend on the web to follow your career. I did, however, see the U.S. Open and was soooo impressed. Congratulations on all of your w
11/16/2005 | 05:11 PM
Roger, you are amazing, winning with an injury. I am disgusted that I don't get your matches televised in my area, so I depend on the web to follow your career. I did, however, see the U.S. Open and was soooo impressed. Congratulations on all of your w
11/16/2005 | 04:35 PM
Roger,

Good luck in the semi-final with Coria tomorrow. I'll be flying to Shanghai on Friday to support u 'live' in the Final.

See you soon,

Your beloved fan,

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