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Roger to play his third final this year

03.03.2006 | Tennis

Roger defeated Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 6-2 6-3 to reach the final of the Dubai Open. Roger will now either meet second-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal or unseeded German Rainer Schüttler in Saturday's final.

 

Although the score suggests it was a straightforward match for the Swiss top seed, a strangely inconsistent performance from Roger in the first set meant he fell behind in his first four service games. He had to fight off four break points in the opening game and although he broke to lead 2-0 when Youzhny netted a weak backhand, Roger faced another three break points in the next game. He also fell behind 0-30 in his remaining two service games of the set but often followed up by playing sublime tennis to pull himself out of trouble.

 

After holding off an eighth break point when leading 4-2, Roger broke again for the set when Youzhny made a forehand error. The second set was more comfortable for Roger as he raised his game and often ended rallies by changing the pace and forcing errors from his opponent. The outcome of the set still hinged on just one break of serve. That came in the seven-deuce second game after Youzhny failed to win any of five game points and then double-faulted on break point.

 

"Overall, I played well in the match," Roger commented. "I'm very happy, I just tried to win it."

 
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03/04/2006 | 02:24 PM
BUENA SUERTA. BONNE CHANCE AND GOOD LUCK TODAY ROGER M'LOVE. WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST.
LUV, SHALIMAR
03/04/2006 | 02:08 PM
Good Luck Roger
03/04/2006 | 01:51 PM
i'm gonna keep my fingers crossed for you tonight... although i don't think you really need that to win, cause you're the best...
GO ROGER!!!!!
YOU WILL WIN CAUSE YOU'RE NO1!!!!!
03/04/2006 | 01:18 PM
Hey Roger!!
Like they say, VAMOS ROGER!!!! Don't let Nadal break your focus or your serves on the court this afternoon (3 hours & counting!!!!!) LOL I can't wait for the match, I've been nervous all day, but know that I have the maximum faith in you and
03/04/2006 | 12:32 PM
Dear Roger, am so nervous today about the final. Please win against Nadal and lift that trophy - you deserve it! Take care love shirlyxx
03/04/2006 | 12:30 PM
VAMÓS RAFAEL NADAL
03/04/2006 | 11:57 AM

GO
GOO
GOOO
GOOOO
GOOOOO

FEDERER ... please stop nadal ....

we wait you .. rest 4 hour ..

I LOVE YOU ... ROAA .. KSA ..

03/04/2006 | 11:56 AM
Just have fun on court....this is for sure your 3rd title of the year and your 4th Dubai title (and counting). :wink:
03/04/2006 | 11:42 AM
You are always the best one~~~~
Waiting for your third champion this year~
03/04/2006 | 11:01 AM
Congratulations on reaching another final, and for the chance to defend your title. Good luck against Nadal - he'll need to be at the top of his game to stop you. But that's not going to happen today I hope.
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