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Third victory in Shanghai

17.11.2005 | Tennis

Roger has tacked on another victory in Shanghai, making it his 80th win of the year! He beat Argentina's Guillermo Coria 6-0 1-6 6-2 in his third match at the Masters Cup on Thursday.

 

Roger, who had already secured his place in the semi-finals, extended his winning streak to 34 matches as he seeks his third straight Masters title. Only Ilie Nastase in 1971-73 and Ivan Lendl in 1985-87 have won three in a row.

 

Roger inexplicably fell apart in the second set after pummelling Coria in the first. Coria had called the trainer to treat his left ankle after slipping 5-0 behind in the first set and the Argentine looked a totally different player in the second. But normal service was resumed in the third and Roger gained the decisive break to go up 4-2 before closing out the match on a Coria double-fault after one hour, 24 minutes.

 

Roger improved his win-loss ratio for the year to 80-3 and is now just two wins away from matching John McEnroe's professional-era record of 82-3 for a season in 1984.

He will play Fernando Gonzalez or Gaston Gaudio on Saturday.

 
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11/19/2005 | 12:37 AM
I'm really looking forward to your semi tomorrow. I've enjoyed watching you play this week, and am amazed by your level of play given the injury and time away from the game.

Go Roger! Good luck in taking the trophy!

Keith
11/18/2005 | 11:00 PM
Dear Roger, Well done! I wish you the very best of luck in the semi-finals. Best wishes, René
11/18/2005 | 10:02 PM
good roger, congratulations, and come on! don´t you forget!. kisses. sara
11/18/2005 | 10:01 PM
congrats!!!!!! good luck next round!!!
11/18/2005 | 09:57 PM
come on Roger, I am looking forward to see you holding the trophy for the third time in a row. Good luck tomorrow and on sunday!!!
11/18/2005 | 09:52 PM
Yeeay, Roger - congratulations again!
Wish you heaps of luck in your semi against Gaston tomorrow - keep up the good work!

Love,
Daley xxx
11/18/2005 | 08:46 PM
You are the best Roger!!! Congratulations!!! Mucha suerte con Gaudio, yo estoy de tu lado...
11/18/2005 | 08:02 PM
hey rog:

thanks for playing longer than you had to.

chow.
11/18/2005 | 07:22 PM
Congradulations Roger, enjoy your celebration with your family in Shanghai, hope you like the food there, which i think taste really fantastic. Superb!!!!
11/18/2005 | 04:27 PM
I watched it live and I think I never have any doubts abt match even you was down in the 2nd set.But I just felt weird.
Congratulation for another run, next gaudio, beat him in straight sets plsssss
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