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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 | 08:21 AM
......yesterday...u made God..ur devoted fan....
......bravo...bravo....bravo.......
......Shabash rog...shabash!........
06/17/2006 | 07:58 AM
OHH!!! THAT was real tough ....when i heard that u r one set down and in the second set tie break ...my heart just started banging like and alarm ...i have trust that u can win all the tournaments
06/17/2006 | 07:42 AM
yet another win, Roger. just amazing tennis for the ages. Congrats on the win
06/17/2006 | 07:28 AM
Phewwww!!!!! What a match.
you won and thats important.
Next in the line is Tommy Haas, who is also your bunny.I heard comments from haas after your win against him in the Australian Open and it was selfish of him because he cannot believe that you are
06/17/2006 | 06:59 AM
Great match Roger, especially for someone who doesn't have "balls" to fight.

Way to go, all the best for the rest of the season.
06/17/2006 | 06:59 AM
keep going!you know you can do it!
06/17/2006 | 06:40 AM
Hello Roger
I love the painting of you!
Congratulations on another hard fought match.
Both your fighting and altheletic abilities are quite amazing.
Good luck for your SF match against Haas
Regards
Margaret
06/17/2006 | 06:08 AM
hi dear,
congratulations! to my golden boy.
u know i almost got heart attack when i saw the scores. i couldn't watch the match cos in my country at the same time it broadcast stella artoir. so i checked from my comp. i shut my comp. in the second set wh
06/17/2006 | 06:08 AM
Congrats Roger on winning this sword edged match.But your performance was a bit disappointing than before.We hope u improve and win your next match
Best of Luck
06/17/2006 | 06:03 AM
Wow what a thriller. I am so glad that you stuck in there and fought hard and won the match against Rochus.

Good luck for your SF with Haas. You must be exhausted. I hope you get some new energy and can enjoy a wonderful win in the SF and Fi