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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 | 03:53 PM
Fantastic first set Roger!! 6-3's topnotch!
But 2nd set not looking too good!
Nalbandian leads 4-1!!!
GO ROGER!!!!!!
05/13/2006 | 03:52 PM
Dear Roger ,

I know you can do it, just like your last match !!! U can improve your clay.We will alway support u !!! Show us your true power !!!!!!

Lover,
Phyllisse
05/13/2006 | 02:39 PM

Good going, Roger Dodger.
Best of luck with the Nalbandit.
Love you,
Daley xxx
05/13/2006 | 01:50 PM
Best of luck today Roger!!
Think revenge!!
And then it's Nadal in the final!
Touche!!
x x x
Faiza p.s. you will be just fine, i know it!
05/13/2006 | 12:57 PM
You'll make it,Roger!
05/13/2006 | 12:51 PM
No doubt .. u made an extraordinary match ..& u were the best .. congratulations dear, and good luck against Nalbandian.


yours cordially,

-MilOoOo <=== Kuwait
05/13/2006 | 12:42 PM
Congratulations Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tough match, huh? Come on, you can win this title, too, hell, you deserve it!!!!!!!!!!
Good luck against Nalbadian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lots of love, Lydia
05/13/2006 | 12:28 PM
You'll win,you must win...........
You'll win,you must win...
Do u hear me.......???????please...............
05/13/2006 | 11:53 AM
Hello Roger,
great win. Hope you beat Nalbandian and Nadal!!!!
Good Luck,,
Sunil
05/13/2006 | 11:49 AM
hi,Roger.congradulations.You just pass through a tough match,beat a rapid-raising
claycourt young gun.I like it because,tracing back your history,every time when you pass
a tough match,you always get your rhythum
and finally get the trophy! yea, I thin