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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 | 01:15 PM
Roger must be phenominally tired now. After battling it out with Richard Gasquet and Olivier Rochus, he's now battling with Tommy Haas. Three sets again! I nearly lost my voice and my mind during the second set tie-breaker. But he seems to be doing ve
06/17/2006 | 01:00 PM
another three setter? oh i cant take it... Rafa gets Vilas's record, you deseve Borg's! cmon Rog...
06/17/2006 | 12:56 PM
what happened to the good old days of straight set drubbings? rog you're stressing me out! i know its tough u do a great job... third set with Haas it looks like...ugh!
06/17/2006 | 12:43 PM
ohh my God ohh my God........6-4 5-5....c'mon........
06/17/2006 | 12:41 PM
Well done Roger. I admire your mental strength. Please win Wimbledon
06/17/2006 | 12:41 PM
Ohh my God ohh my God........6-4 5-5..........c'mon...............
06/17/2006 | 12:15 PM
since now....it's pretty good...6-4 1-1...c'mon champ.......
06/17/2006 | 12:02 PM
Ive seen your latest pic in Halle open. You should shave coz u don't look nice in a mustache. Anyways, just want to extend my prayers on your games. I love you and i'll pray for you to win every single game. Keep your feet on the ground always. Smyl, pray
06/17/2006 | 11:44 AM
Absolutely fantastic!
06/17/2006 | 11:22 AM
you showed all tennis fans your power and your confidence.come on Roger, wish you all the best things