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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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11/16/2005 | 04:30 PM
WOW!! All those weeks off and an ankle injury sure don't slow you down!! Like Bonnie, I got up very early to see you play . . . and I'd only do it to watch YOU play! It's a treat to hear the announcers be astounded by another unreturnable Federer "cracksh
11/16/2005 | 04:13 PM
Go all the way!!! Congrats... You'll probably repeat this match in the finals...Im sure you'll be the Champ once more! You are the best Roger...
11/16/2005 | 04:10 PM

Roger

You looked great .I wish u all the luck.

Laura
11/16/2005 | 03:33 PM
Come on rogerr!!! A great victory over ljubicic. good luck in semis where you play against Gaudio...and in the final ,if you come to there..be careful with Ljubicic, he´s a great performance.

Luck roger and come on to the 12 title!!!
1 more than last
11/16/2005 | 03:12 PM
Congratulations! Take care of your foot after you win the Cup =)

God bless you always!
11/16/2005 | 02:46 PM
Congrats Roger on your last 2 wins!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a joy to see all your fans in China love you so much!!! We all love watching your fantastic efforts to retain your title there.
Good luck in the semis!!!
Adrienne PA USA
11/16/2005 | 02:40 PM
I never doubted I was going to finish the match
i was very exciting !!!
11/16/2005 | 02:36 PM
Oggi mi hai fatto soffrire......mi è venuto un mezzo infarto... grande Lijubo, ma GRANDISSIMO ROGI, perchè grazie alla tua immensa classe e al tuo fantastico talento, ancora una volta ci sei saltato fuori ed hai vinto...
....era da un mese che eri fermo
11/16/2005 | 02:28 PM
Roger, you rule.
Even though you're not a 100%, you beat Ljubicic - a man very much in form.
I got your calendar the other day. It's beautiful although I miss a picture from Aus Open where you wore the great blue and white outfit with the cool blue sho
11/16/2005 | 12:47 PM
Roger you're the best. This year I saw you in wimbledon and I became a life long fan of yours. Your play is simply breathtaking.
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