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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 | 05:48 AM
Good luck Roger. :)
03/04/2006 | 05:19 AM
03/04/2006 | 05:08 AM
Come on Roger! tomorrow you'll beat Rafa!
03/04/2006 | 04:51 AM
Dear Roger...We are following you....wishing you the best of luck in Dubai....we'll be cheering for you from our home...and positive that you will win Nadal....:) ~ besitos ~
03/04/2006 | 04:08 AM
Hey Roger!

Nice match! I wish that you would do something like Leyton Hewitt with his "Come on". That would make the match a little more interesting!
Or you could add something funny like you did with Andre in the U.S.Open final.

03/04/2006 | 03:48 AM
Oh Rogi! You are so wonderful! Congratulations and good luck in the finals against Nadal! I am certain you will win! Luv Ya much and I as well as your fans are behind you 110%! Luv ya!
03/04/2006 | 03:36 AM
that's great Roger, Congratulations!
Good luck to you in today's final.
Take it easy, you'll win today, too and take the title. I'm cheering for you from Tokyo on the Internet.

03/04/2006 | 03:06 AM
Yes, Roger is back with the power of "Roger's Slam" again. We all from Malaysia will always stand on your sides. We hope that this Final will be a sweet revenge for you.

Go, Go Roger and win more titles this year.

03/04/2006 | 02:23 AM
03/04/2006 | 02:20 AM
Congratulations lovely artist!
Hope the Muses will always be with you.