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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 | 11:11 AM
The ordeals of the French Open are really taking their toll, can he make it to go to two more matches?

Hopefully he can summon whatever is left of his reserves to push over the line and over Haas.

Already we see Nadal couldn't make it, retiring with
06/17/2006 | 10:39 AM
Great match Roger! Just shows what a great figher you are!!! :D
06/17/2006 | 10:34 AM
Roger, I'm so looking forward to watching you in action in Wimbledon. I haven't been a huge tennis fan since Stefan Edberg retired but I see a lot of similar qualities in you and that has reignited my passion for the game. Thank you. Best of luck, I'll
06/17/2006 | 10:22 AM
Yikes! This was the first time I ever saw a 3 set match go to 3 tie breaks.
Crickey! Good on ya!
Good luck playing Tommy Haas in the semifinal.
06/17/2006 | 09:51 AM
roger mi hai fatto soffrire come un matto...
adesso ce il record di borg
go roger
06/17/2006 | 09:50 AM
roger mi hai fatto soffrire come un matto...
adesso ce il record di borg
go roger
06/17/2006 | 09:49 AM
congradulation and good luck
sepideh
06/17/2006 | 09:36 AM
Hi Rogi!!!!!!!
Welll,well,well...what an incredible match yesterday...It´s just incredible how you can manage to win matches so hard as this...
Don´t worry about the difficulties you are having.we all know that the transition between clay and grass is h
06/17/2006 | 09:01 AM
well done rogi....against rochus was an incredible match.....i think you are in difficult because you aren't ready for grass season yet!!!but now you are in semi aand so you have to try to win the tournament to equally borg's record.....
good luck....
06/17/2006 | 08:30 AM
Kudos for a great game! As i can see the heart of the champion in you, I also see history unfolding with your magnificience on grass.Go for as far as you can be.

glenda jimenez torio
philippines