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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 | 09:27 PM
Good job Roger, you are well present in this Masters, contrary to other players. One more victory against Coria and you will clinch the first place of the group. Maybe you will face Ivan again, in the final?

Cheers!

Kalachnilskov - www.parlonstennis
11/15/2005 | 09:23 PM
Rogert i watched this match and i have to say that i was a little worried, but i knew that you would be able to do it!!
congratulations!!
good luck with the rest of the tournament!
Sarah
11/15/2005 | 09:23 PM
I love roger!!!
He is the champion without the doubt.
11/15/2005 | 09:20 PM
Good work Roger! Despite the mishap that here in my country just a single sport channel broadcasts your Tournament and it's not broadcasted in my area, I still cheer you and watch for your matches on the net. See you in the final. Bye!
11/15/2005 | 09:16 PM
Good work Roger! Despite the mishap that here in my country just a single sport channel broadcast your Turnament and it's not broadcasted in my area, I still cheer you and watch for your matches on the net. See you in the final. Bye!
11/15/2005 | 09:05 PM
What a nail biting match!! I woke up at 6am to watch it and it was worth it! Excellent job of sticking it out and playing hard. It's always great to see some awesome tennis being played. Can't wait for the rest of the tournament!
11/15/2005 | 08:55 PM
Roger, you never fail to amaze me!
To be honest, I didn't expect you to win this one, with the recent superb form of Ljubicic and your own lack of matches. And it was so incredibly tough for you, but time after time you rise to the occasion and carry off
11/15/2005 | 08:52 PM
Great victory!!!!!!!! ..... it was so hard but as usual you could handle it. Congratulations!!!
11/15/2005 | 08:47 PM
Roger,

I am so glad that you won. I was a bit concerned for you because of your foot. That brace looks so big. Does it impede you? Clearly not. Anyway, please take good care and rest up until Thursday.

Best,

Pat
11/15/2005 | 08:46 PM
Congratulations Roger you are the best.See you in the final!
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