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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 | 07:38 PM
Dear Roger,

Well done! I hope you enjoy play Mikhael and it would be very cool to see you play Rafael in the final. You against Rafael is the coolest match-up in tennis I think. Your win last year in Miami, when you came back from 2 sets and a break do
03/02/2006 | 07:33 PM
Dear Roger,

That was a great performance tonight. Absolutely first class. Well done!

So tomorrow is the semi finals! Best of luck, and I hope you have another victorious win.

I'll be there to cheer you on once again. Good luck!

- Laura Smith
03/02/2006 | 07:32 PM
Congratulations, Roger!! You seem to be raising your level as you head towards what could be an exciting final against Nadal.
03/02/2006 | 07:31 PM
Congratulations, Rogi!!

Come on, there's only two matches left to defend your title!! I am willing to see you play the final against Nadal!! That would be an exciting match, I hope you win!! :o)

Good luck and million kisses from Madrid!!!
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