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Roger ready to match Borg

17.06.2006 | Tennis

Roger moved into the final in Halle today with a 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3 victory over sixth-seeded Tommy Haas.

It was already Roger's third consecutive match over three sets - he is now just on victory short to equaling Björn Borg's grass-court record of 41 victories from 1976 to 1981.

"I could've — should've — closed it out earlier," Roger said. "Over all, I played pretty solid, but I didn't serve as well as I wanted. He converted only 2 of 16 break-point chances against Haas. "I returned well on the deuce side and had some difficulty on the ad side. Tommy either served better or I couldn't get the ball in play."

Roger will play Tomas Berdych, who defeated Kristof Vliegen, 6-3, 6-2, aiming at his fourth title in Halle. Roger holds a 2-1 edge over Berdych in their head-to-head meetings. Berdych defeated him in the 2004 Olympics but lost the next two encounters at the 2005 Hamburg Masters and in the French Open this year.

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06/18/2006 | 03:00 PM
Hey, Roger, congratulations too on the number of registered members of this site reaching past the 70,000 mark!
06/18/2006 | 02:58 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!!! You've done it!!! Now it's on to Wimbledon!!!

Congratulations again. Stay healthy, be happy! All your fans are looking forward to watching every one of your matches at Wimbledon.
06/18/2006 | 02:52 PM
LIONHEART!!! You have done it!!Many congratulations. Now rest, relax, enjoy and we will see you soon.
06/18/2006 | 02:51 PM
Congratulations on your victory over Berdych. The match wasn't broadcast on US TV but I followed the scoring on the internet. Can't wait for Wimbleton.
06/18/2006 | 02:49 PM
Dear Roger:
It's great! Fourth in a row in Gerry Weber!
Good Luck in Wimbledon!
06/18/2006 | 02:48 PM
06/18/2006 | 02:46 PM
Come on !Roger.I am really glad to see you win the final.You did it .Well get enough rest and Wimbledon is certainly yours again this year!I am so glad!!!!!!!!!!!!!
06/18/2006 | 02:46 PM
Well done Roger, wish I could have seen it!!!
Congratulations on another trophy and for equalling Borg's record.
Looking forward to Wimbledon, hope you feel rested by then
06/18/2006 | 02:34 PM
up a break in the 3rd...cmon hold serve rog!
06/18/2006 | 01:29 PM
Watching live scores as I can't get the match on tv - 6 -0 now, Just hoping Roger doesn't let it slip !! Fingers crossed that he doesn't have a low phase today.
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