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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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11/15/2005 | 11:47 PM
Das gut!
Especially since you're not in top condition, these results are pretty great! But that's what a true champion can do-win when the chips are down. Like what Borg did when he won that Wimbledon final against McEnroe after losing that famous tiebre
11/15/2005 | 11:41 PM
MAJESTIC

GO ON MASTER, SHANGHAI IS ANOTHER CÙP
IN YOUR HOME, TODAY YOU PUT LJUBICIC IN YOUR PLACE. THE NUMBER ONE IS YOURS FOR A LONG TIME.
COME ON MASTER
JUST DO IT

STELLA MARIS
ARGENTINA
kriko
11/15/2005 | 11:13 PM
¡¡¡¡¡Y, VAMOS ROGER, CARAJO, TODAVÍA!!!!

¡¡¡¡HÉROE!!!!!!

¡¡¡¡GENIO DE LA LÁMPARA MÁGICA!!!!!


¡¡¡¡¡¡UN ESFUERCITO MÁS, ÍDOLO!!!!!!

¡¡¡¡Y VAMOS A GANAR, ROGER, CARAJO!!!!!!!!


11/15/2005 | 11:12 PM
Hey mate, great match, nice fight you gave and... well all I can say is poor Ivan, he surely deserved to win too, I just hope he qualifies to semis, because he is a great player.

Ok so keep on fighting and you will have no problems, because in normal d
11/15/2005 | 11:09 PM
Bravo! Roger, u r simply the best. It was a nail-biting match. I hope you get better and play even better in the other matches. you gotta bring this trophy home. It was wonderful watching you play. All the best to you Rogi! U r the Maestro!
11/15/2005 | 11:00 PM
GO!GO!GO Roger!
You are unique!
Shanghai is yours!
11/15/2005 | 10:55 PM
Dear Roger,
Congratulations on your heroic victory today and for getting to yet another TMC SF! Quite the thriller (I couldn't bear to watch it live), but only you have the ability to find a path to victory no matter how narrow, your tenacity
and geniu
11/15/2005 | 10:52 PM
Awesome stuff Roger! Well done! :)

Good luck in the next match! :)
11/15/2005 | 10:43 PM
Congratulations on a hard-fought victory over the most dangerous remaining opponent!
We saw a familiar scenario: a dominating first set, an almost "I am out to lunch" second, and a thrilling, but too close for comfort finale, where things can go either
11/15/2005 | 10:38 PM
Roger, You can do it, You are capable of winning this tournemant, You're the best!!
I hope that You will play in Belgium once, because I would like te see You play for real

Win the tournament, You can do it