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Roger cruises into semi-finals

02.03.2006 | Tennis

Roger enjoyed a smooth 6-3 6-2 win over Czech Robin Vik, who was playing only his 28th match on the ATP tour, to reach the semi-finals of the Dubai Open.


Roger was rarely stretched by Vik who rallied well at times but had nothing in his game to cause concern. He faced two break points immediately after breaking to lead 2-0 but fired four consecutive aces to hold serve.


Carelessness from Roger allowed Vik to level at 3-3 but the world number one forced a forehand error to break again for 5-4 and he served out the set to love. Roger faced three more break points in his first service game of the second set, before he held and then broke for 3-2. A crosscourt forehand winner gave him a second break for 5-2.


Roger will next play Russia's Mikhail Youzhny, who reached his first semi-final of the year when he overwhelmed Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-3 6-1. Roger has never lost to Youzhny on the ATP Tour, taking home all of the six previous encounters. Their last match dates back exactly a year, where Roger defeated Youzhny 6-3, 7-5 in Dubai.

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03/03/2006 | 06:40 AM
Good luck on this one Roger. I hope you win it.

California, USA

03/03/2006 | 06:11 AM
Very good performance, roger.
I am looking forward to your match against Nadal, where you'll be able to level your head to head record.
03/03/2006 | 05:42 AM
.....keep it up Rog!
03/03/2006 | 04:50 AM
Another win. way to go.
All the best in yr next match !
03/03/2006 | 04:45 AM
Well done!
03/03/2006 | 03:17 AM
well done Rogelio! we all want u to be in the final agaisnt Rafa!
03/03/2006 | 02:16 AM
Yesss! You rock Rogi! I am so excited! I hope to see you soon in the finals, (Who would of thought Nadal would have done good!), anyways, I love you and Good Luck!

03/03/2006 | 01:57 AM
Dear Roger,
As expected you are back on target and doing exceptionally well! You will certainly defeat Youzhny and enter the finals where you will be triumphant! Good Luck! ^-^
Warmest Wishes, Diana
03/03/2006 | 01:49 AM
Good job roger, even though i couldn't see the game, that was excellent compared to the quarterfinal match. anyways, i wish u the best of luck in the semis and i'm looking forward to seeing you beat Nadal in the finals. GOOD LUCK TO THE MAESTRO!!!!!!!!!!!
03/03/2006 | 01:05 AM
Rooger!! Roooooger!! Rooooooooger!! Roooooooooooger!! Rooooooooooooooooooooger!! VIVA ROGER!!!!!!
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