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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 | 08:44 PM
Congratulations Roger you are the best.
11/15/2005 | 08:41 PM
In this match you looked like a human being, Roger...so you're not an alien!!!! Congratulations for your performances...
kisses
11/15/2005 | 08:31 PM
Another victory!!!!!!!! Yeah, again winning
The true champion is who can be the best in all the conditions (good or bad), and you, not beeing in 100 percent, not having the enough stamina, you win and prove your first position in Tennis. THE CHAMPIONS DO
11/15/2005 | 08:30 PM
wanderfull Roger!!!!
11/15/2005 | 08:26 PM
Roger, congratulations! War das für uns Zuschauer wieder eine Nervensache! aber well done und viel Glück, vor allem gesundheitlich.
11/15/2005 | 08:20 PM
Roger you're simply the best!!!
Good luck in semis and finals.
11/15/2005 | 07:58 PM
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 de
11/15/2005 | 07:52 PM
Roger, you're brilliant! And with Nadal and Agassi out of the way, you're cleared for takeoff!

God bless you,

Joreen
11/15/2005 | 07:16 PM
Ye whatever the guy above said, you really are a different class. Keep it up m8

$H@H!D
11/15/2005 | 07:16 PM
....sooooo glad you got through.....whew!

Mo
California, USA
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