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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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06/17/2006 | 02:09 PM
So happy for you - congratulations. Now go and rest - stay healthy.
Best wishes.
06/17/2006 | 01:52 PM
Ooh, almost forgot - Roger is now just ONE match away from equalling Borg's 41 consecutive wins on grass. However, he said in an interview that streaks not the most important thing for him. Titles take priority number one, which is very reasonable.

W
06/17/2006 | 01:46 PM
And yes, Roger won the match against Tommy Haas! I was watching the live scoring too. Punched the air so hard and so much when the third set ended that I fell off my seat! Lost my voice when the third set was 3-0 to Roger. So now I'm hoarse but VERY h
06/17/2006 | 01:40 PM
Roger barely has enough time to rest. I don't think he's after resembling Borg in any way other than in his record on tennis courts. When you're playing tennis as furiously as Roger shaving kind of takes the back-seat.
06/17/2006 | 01:39 PM
YES ...YES ...YES
ROGI WON!!!!!!!!!!THANK GOD........
ONE MORE MATCH AND IT' S OVER CHAMP......
POOR,,,,,YOU MUST BE VERY TIRED.....
SO GLAD YOU GOT THROUGH
BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!
06/17/2006 | 01:36 PM
Roger's won again. Roger's beaten Tommy Haas! Congratulations!!!

The next one's yours too! Take care, stay healthy, bring the trophy home and march on to Wimbledon!
06/17/2006 | 01:34 PM
Rog, saved a break point in the last game, and won it! OK, the record is yours, now I can feel it...
06/17/2006 | 01:30 PM
ok Rog, serve it out! i dontblame Rog fornot shaving maybe he's trying to look like Borg did in the 70s!
06/17/2006 | 01:30 PM
Oh my God!!!!
I was so nervous watching you yesterday Rogi, you were going to lose the game, offfffffffffff.
Congratulation for the win and good luck today playing against Haas ;)
Lana -oxxo-
06/17/2006 | 01:30 PM
Oh my God!!!!
I was so nervous watching you yesterday Rogi, you were going to lose the game, offfffffffffff.
Congratulation for the win and good luck today playing against Haas ;)
Lana -oxxo-
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