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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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11/17/2005 | 04:55 PM
Congratulations Roger on your win today and on keeping your winning streak alive.
Looks like you have such control over your game that you can afford to 'go on vacation' in the 2nd set and then come back with a vengeance in the 3rd, and in the process,
11/17/2005 | 04:38 PM
bien roger, demuestras una vez mas tu calidad y la seriedad con que afrontas tus partidos, solo faltan dos para el record 82-3, vamos!
11/17/2005 | 04:34 PM
Congratulations Roger!!!You are the best!
11/17/2005 | 04:30 PM
way 2 go ROGER!!!!!!!!the last set rocked.Ofcourse i knew u would win.u always do!!and my heart congrats on finishing da season as #1.u r da best!!!cheers

11/17/2005 | 04:30 PM
Wow what a result!

Great to hear Roger;) keep it going:).


11/17/2005 | 04:29 PM
congratulations roger!
i'm very happy you played this match seriously although you were already qualified and I hope you will have a good rest before the semi finals!
11/17/2005 | 04:28 PM
YES! ROGER, good job again and for leaving the nightmarish 2nd set behind very quickly.

Good luck and get a straight sets semi-final match win next and see you again on tv this Sunday holding up the Champion's Cup.

11/17/2005 | 04:13 PM
Well done Roger; you are finding the right shape. Congratulations,
11/17/2005 | 04:10 PM
Supergood... Congratulations, Roger.
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