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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 | 11:50 AM
Fantastic outcome...Roger! All the best!

"The Swiss don't miss!"
11/16/2005 | 11:30 AM
Great victory, keep going in the same spirit.Good Luck in next match
11/16/2005 | 10:53 AM
Hi, Roger.
Voce me deixou a beira de um ataque de nervos,, mas depois vibrei demais. Parabens, se cuida e vamos pro topo de novo
Mil beijos.........
Christina, RiodeJaneiro-BRASIL
11/16/2005 | 08:51 AM
Hi Roger,
Can't find the words to express my feelings.
Thought my heart will not survive.
Congratulations!!! Take care and go bit them all. You deserve it so much.
11/16/2005 | 07:39 AM
Oh my God what a game!!!
You made me suffered...!
I could not believe taht you were so close to loose...! really really I could not believe it!
But being the number is being the number one...!
You did it and win you are in the semifinals and of course
11/16/2005 | 07:25 AM
congrats rogi!
you're so amazing!!you can win the tough match even you did not play your best!
proud of you!

love and kiss!!!

11/16/2005 | 06:25 AM
Dear Roger, congratulations on getting to the semis. I've been away from a computer for the last couple of days so even though I watched both your matches this week I have not been able to post a comment.
I was so proud of the way you rallied to win the
11/16/2005 | 05:30 AM
Keep it up.......CHAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
11/16/2005 | 05:15 AM
You did it, Roger^^
You did it~~
11/16/2005 | 04:59 AM
Good job! Your are always Winner!
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