• Members:
    346'017
    Users online:
    loading
 

News

 
RSS
 

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.

 
Insert comment
Only registered users can insert comments. Please log in or create a new account.
 
11/16/2005 | 01:47 AM
Hi Roger,

Congratulations !!!!!!!!

WIN WIN WIN ((((*<>*))))
11/16/2005 | 01:27 AM
Hi Roger, when i see your matchs it's always a movie, the last passing shot was perfect, your are an artist*** Ape in Miami
11/16/2005 | 12:41 AM
Getting better every day, shall we see 100% on Sunday?
11/16/2005 | 12:34 AM
CONGRATULATIONS ROGER!
It was a hard match, today, but you did it, you're amazing!
11/16/2005 | 12:13 AM
CONGRATULATIONS, Roger! I'm sooo happy that you won. Your backhand pass at the last point couldn't come at a better time. I jumped off my seat in such an excitement at 6:30 in the morning =)
I love your drop shots. Keep them coming!!
I'm sure as you pla
11/16/2005 | 12:09 AM
Dear Roger,

Please, don't do this again.... I was following your match during my work at the live-score on Internet (when my boss was not looking...) and the last set was thrilling!! It was very bad for my heart, at my age (48), I almost couldn't stand
11/16/2005 | 12:05 AM
CONGRATULATIONS, Roger! I'm sooo happy that you won. Your backhand pass at the last point couldn't come at a better time. I jumped off my seat in such an excitement at 6:30 in the morning =)
I love your drop shots. Keep them coming!!
I'm sure as you pla
11/16/2005 | 12:05 AM
Now that's what i call "TALENT" The jordan of tennis has risen! congratulations roger, im 100% sure you will win in the finals. tennis was a bore when sampras retired, but when you came into the scene, you made my life complete and realized that you are g
11/15/2005 | 11:53 PM
You are the best, we knew that!!! Good lusk in the semis!! :)))
11/15/2005 | 11:52 PM
Oh my good, I was soooo happy when my brother sent me a message that Roger had won. I was so nervous, cause I couldn't watch the macth, cause I had to go to school. But when I read that Roger had won I told it to everyone!!! IF I was so happy, I just can