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Roger sets up dream final against Nadal

22.04.2006 | Tennis

Roger and defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain will meet in the Monte Carlo Masters final after winning their semifinals Saturday.

 

Roger beat Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 6-2, 6-4, and Nadal downed Gaston Gaudio of Argentina 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.

 

He reached his 12th consecutive final, equaling John McEnroe's mark set in 1984. Only Guillermo Vilas (13 straight in 1977) and Ivan Lendl (18 between 1981-82) have reached more in a row.

 

It was his 29th straight in a Masters Series tournament.

 

'I was very focused on this match, very concentrated,' said Roger. 'I got off to a fast start. Even though I've never lost to him, Gonzalez is always a tough opponent. I had to play well to beat him. I'm pleased with my form, which has gotten better as the week goes on.'

 

Roger lost to Nadal in early March in the final of Dubai. 'I want to take my revenge for Dubai in the final,' he said. 'I've had a great week and I'd love to finish it with the title.'

 
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04/23/2006 | 06:22 PM
tie break .. 3-0
04/23/2006 | 06:22 PM
U R THE STRONGEST !! AND THE BEST FOREVER !! U CAN DO IT, JUST DO IT !!
04/23/2006 | 06:22 PM
roger ahead with the tie break!!
COME ON ROGER GIVE US A BREATHER, WIN!!!!!!!!!!!
GO 7ABIBTY!!
04/23/2006 | 06:21 PM
having heart attack again. my head begin to throb now.
04/23/2006 | 06:21 PM
i've stopped watching after the 3rd set coz i just can't handle it! but i can't believe it's now fourth set tie break and i guess a 5th set will be on the way. GO FOR THE TITLE ROGER!!! it's time for rafael nadal to taste defeat.
04/23/2006 | 06:21 PM
win the tiebreak rogi, win the tiebreak!!!
COME ON 7ABIBTY!! COME ON!!! GO!!!!!
LoVe YoU!!
04/23/2006 | 06:20 PM
strength, roger, strength is what will get you through!!
come on my babe come on!!
04/23/2006 | 06:20 PM
TIEBREAK
1-0 federer
04/23/2006 | 06:17 PM
COME ON ROGER!!
GO!!!!!!!!!!!
2 SETS EACH AND YOU WILL WIN THE LAST SET TO CLOSE OUT THE TOURNAMENT!!
COME ON 7ABIBTY GOOOOO!!
04/23/2006 | 06:16 PM
U PROVE IT U CAN DO IT !! JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE EFFORT !!