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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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03/02/2006 | 09:36 PM
Fantastic Roger!!!

There is only two matches left to reach the Championship, you are the best, my unique MASTER.

GO ROGER; GO!!!!!!!!!!

Bogotá, Colombia.
03/02/2006 | 08:48 PM
Congratulations Roger, it's nice to see you're getting back into the groove after your time off. Great win, and good luck for the semis.
Cheers
Siggi
03/02/2006 | 08:37 PM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations!
Go ahead and never stop to the final&win!!!
We love you, Roger

Miwa
03/02/2006 | 08:32 PM
GOD ROGER U R MARVELLOUS, I WAS DERE N U COMPLETELY ROCKED. U MAKE IT LOOK SO SIMPLE! U R DE BEST, BEST OF LUCK 4 UR NEXT 2 MATCHES!!! ONCE AGAIN U R MARVELLOUS JUST DE BEST!
03/02/2006 | 08:29 PM
I can only hope for a spectacular final--and a magnificent victory--over Nadal! Good luck, Roger!

Joreen :-D
03/02/2006 | 08:14 PM

Dear Roger
Congratulations again for that incredible match that u had .

Im very sure u will win this one too.

Laura
03/02/2006 | 08:08 PM
Gratz, Roger! now, do the same in semi and final =) good luck
03/02/2006 | 08:07 PM
Gratz, Roger! now, do the same in semi and final =) good luck
03/02/2006 | 08:00 PM
Roger, best of luck in the semi-final. You can do it. xxx
03/02/2006 | 07:55 PM
Eurosport was showing the WTA Doha quarter finals, so I had to wait for Petrova and Li to finish their match. I was lucky Petrova won right in time to see the final game of your match. I feel so sorry that I didn't see your entire match because from the h
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