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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 | 03:53 AM
Unbelievable match Roger, Congratulations...
Just be careful in the final against Ivan, I am certain the final will repeat from Round Robin match. And many times happened that the results go the other way than the RR. Ivan can beat anyone in the world ye
11/16/2005 | 03:50 AM
Yeah Roger!! I wasn't able to see your whole match but, it didn't matter I knew you were going to be the winner! I am so happy its all going good from your return. You just be careful with that ankle thou! I rather you not win, then not have a healthy Rog
11/16/2005 | 03:41 AM
Congratulations Roger!!!
You had me at the edge of my seat but I never doubted you'll win. Keep up the good work and take care of your ankle.

Rosemay
11/16/2005 | 02:44 AM
God Roger you made my heart skip beats, I thought i was going to faint. That was some third set really and a superb tie-breaker! You did it again Rogi! How do you keep on doing that, your opponents must be scratching their heads asking themselves what ha
11/16/2005 | 02:32 AM
Please stay healthy roger!!!
11/16/2005 | 02:18 AM
Dear Roger,

Again, another great win! I knew that this will be a tough match. Considering Ivan is playing his best tennis ever, and you coming off an injury, this is definitely a display of the TRUE CHAMPION you are.

Congratulations again and rest
11/16/2005 | 02:16 AM
Felicidades Roger!!!!!! lo unico que quiero decirte es que no te confies tanto ok.
Te quiero: Pau
11/16/2005 | 02:14 AM
roger
congratulations!
good luck...........
11/16/2005 | 01:56 AM
Nice....very nice....great win...obviously Ljubicic are one of the player in TMC this year who be able to give you some trouble...eventhough you're not 100% but when you give the best, theres nothing good enough to stop you....hang-in there
GO FedEx....
11/16/2005 | 01:48 AM
Dear Roger,
Good Job as usual!! I think that Ivan's remark about deserving to win is really stupid to say the least. It was really obvious that he wanted to beat you, but that is a feat that cannot be accomplished. Continue on playing exceptionally and