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Semis against Nalbandian

12.05.2006 | Tennis

Roger needed five match points to close out a tough 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-5 win over Spanish qualifier Nicolas Almagro in the Rome Masters quarterfinals.


The 20-year-old Almagro, one of the most improved players on tour, ripped baseline winners throughout the match as Roger struggled to hold serve. After winning the first set comfortably, he served for the second at 5-4 and double-faulted on his first match point. Almagro then hit two blistering backhands to break Roger's serve for 5-5.


Almagro hit 31 winners to Roger's 30. Almagro's ranking has climbed from No. 111 at the end of last season to 54th. He won his first career title in Valencia last month and reached the semifinals in Barcelona. Roger has lost two matches all year, both to Rafael Nadal, who he could face again in the final here.


Roger will next face third-ranked David Nalbandian, who beat Mario Ancic 6-3, 6-3.

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05/13/2006 | 08:32 PM
Good luck for the Final. I won't be able to see this one, unfortunately but I'll be wishing you well
05/13/2006 | 08:00 PM
Dear Roger,
First of all, Congratulation for arriving another Final. but tomorrow is very important. you have to up against the guy who plays so well on this particular surface. On the other hand, all of us know you have more than enough ability to beat
05/13/2006 | 07:46 PM
rog,congratulations on beating nalbandian!!revenge is sweet,right?so,do it again tomorrow.beat nadal and take the title!
cheering up for you!
love and kiss!

05/13/2006 | 06:58 PM
Congrats Roger on making to the finals in Rome; you have to win against Rafa in the finals this time around...
05/13/2006 | 06:45 PM
Congratulations my dear. It was quite a bit tough game but you managed to win eventually. Please continue the winning strike. Wish you success in tomorrow's game against Rafa. I hope, even more then hope that you will win tomorrow. You must defeat Nadal,
05/13/2006 | 06:31 PM
U won !!!!!
Yeah, congrats Mr. Sunday !!!
05/13/2006 | 06:00 PM
We're all so proud of you Roger!
You were stunning and simply undescribable!
Such talent simply cannot be classified.
Sweet revenge on Nalbandian!!
You deserved to win, and the fact that it was such a tough match and the fact that you won make you sta
05/13/2006 | 05:57 PM
A bitter step with Nalbandian. The positive issue: you reach a new final. The negative issue: you know that you didn´t play well. Why?. If you are conformed with this, that´s OK, buy you know that against Nadal it´s not enough. What is happening to you R
05/13/2006 | 05:53 PM
Federer the absolute!!!!!! What a match! It just finished.I'm speechless! Well done, Federer!
05/13/2006 | 05:52 PM
good job , Roger ! what a sweat and sweet revenge to beat Mr. Nalbandian !and get the
13 th consecutive final spot.Just as I said,every time when you pass a tough match before final,you always can get the trophy! (and sometimes you get the route into fin
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