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Roger tested to the limit

16.06.2006 | Tennis

Roger had to show his very best tennis today to reach the semi-finals in Halle. He saved a total of five match points before edging past Belgian Olivier Rochus 6-7, 7-6 and 7-6 in 2 hours 46 minutes today.

 

Unbeaten on grass since losing to Mario Ancic in the first round of Wimbledon in 2002, Roger was given a real fright in the second set tiebreak. Rochus twice came within a point of chalking up a memorable win after winning the first set tiebreak 7-2.

 

After staving off the danger, Roger took the tiebreak 11-9 on his third set point to level the match after one hour and 51 minutes. Rochus refused to wilt under pressure and went 4-2 up in the third until Roger finally produced the goods to keep alive his hopes of a fourth successive title here by winning the tiebreak 7-5. The result left the triple Wimbledon champion just two matches away from equalling Bjorn Borg's 41 consecutive wins on grass.

 
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06/21/2006 | 06:43 AM
congrats!!!!
i hope you have a great rest before wimbledon. i am a little bit worried cause you did not play your best tennis lately and you seem not that confident as before. but you are a GREAT player in many ways, so you will adjust quickly!!!
best w
06/18/2006 | 12:01 AM
Good Luck in the final Roger!!!!

We will be rooting for you all the way from Florida!!!! We love you!!!!

Pam V. and friends (Tampa, FL)
06/17/2006 | 11:57 PM
Congratulations my dear Roger! Good luck tomrrow okay!? I love you and God Bless ya!

Orissa
06/17/2006 | 11:47 PM
Dear Roger,

I am happy you got here, to play the final tomorrow, despite the dissapointment in the FO's final. But this is not the reason I am posting this comment, as everybody expected you to get here and to win Halle and Wimbledon (please do this!!!
06/17/2006 | 11:31 PM
Well done Roger! Congratulations for your victory against a good playing Haas. It is so amazing to see you in these difficult days in Halle. You make us all so proud by your efforts.
Good luck for your match against Berdych. Remember your brilliant play
06/17/2006 | 11:09 PM
Roger you are tough as nails, I hope you prove Mats wrong, wrong, wrong! Get Borg's record and defend Wimbledon, we're all behind you all the way... you ARE mentally tough, clearly, after the heroics this week..
06/17/2006 | 10:40 PM
Dearest Roger,

Congratulations on winning a hard faught match! You never cease to amaze me.

Wish you all the luck in the world for your final against Berdych!

Love,

Sadhana
06/17/2006 | 09:01 PM
Hello Roger
Ton équipe du web devrait bouger son cul!
A part ça, tu sais que tous les artistes perdent à RG, donc c'est plutôt un PLUS pour toi... Sauf lors de la finale gagnée par Yanic Noah, là les Français n'ont pas arrosé le court... et alors Wiland
06/17/2006 | 08:29 PM
come on now,you can whip them easily.do it,please
06/17/2006 | 08:13 PM
Go for the tittle, and leave the

bad remembers outside.
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