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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 | 05:05 AM
Hi, Roger,

I do not think you will read all these notes any soon but I still would like to congratulate you and say following: Hey, Rog. Do you know that all these tennis players are looking up to you and trying to overcome you at your expence? Who
05/13/2006 | 04:35 AM
You scared me with that match Roger. I was like up on my feet crossing my fingers praying that you'll get through. He was really tough though but u pulled it through and thats what that matters in the end. Smile Roger and always play light. God Bless you
05/13/2006 | 04:33 AM
Congratulations! Roger!
Many of your fans in China watched your match till mid-night yesterday ...Luckly, you finally won.All of them were so happy...You did a good job!
05/13/2006 | 04:31 AM
Congratulations! Roger!
I am a New York living in China.Many of your fans watched your match till mid-night yesterday evening...Luckly, you finally won.
05/13/2006 | 04:20 AM
05/13/2006 | 04:06 AM
Dear Roger,
Congratulations on your sweet victory over Almagro. It was the perfect contest to take you into the semis. Please be extra focused in your match with Nalbandian. We will be cheering like crazy for you! Go Roger!!!
Your Fan,
05/13/2006 | 03:38 AM
What a tough match, but you did a great job.
Good luck in the semis. God bless you!!!!!!
05/13/2006 | 03:25 AM
Congratulations Roger!, I am so happy foy you. You are play better than Nalbandian. Well you are the BEST tennis player in the World.
Good luck tomorrow
05/13/2006 | 03:10 AM
Dear Roger!!!! I want you face to face with Nadal again!!!!!!I m from Argentina but my heart is with you!!!!!! Show us who is the number ONE!!!!!!!!!
05/13/2006 | 02:24 AM
Hello Roger
Congratulations on winning a hard fought match. Two more to go
Very best wishes for your match against Nalbandian--the last time that he only just beat you was following your 6 week injury lay off