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Roger through to semis

25.11.2010 | Starseite 1, Tennis

Roger once again displayed great tennis today, defeating Robin Söderling 7-6(5), 6-3 and is the first player to book his spot in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Söderling tried to dominate Roger with his serve today but the sheer class of our champ showed through. The first set was pretty close with Roger taking it 7-6(5) and it is at this point that he looked like he had put his foot down on the gas. The second set saw Roger get into his stride and play some of those lovely ground strokes that we love. He broke in the eighth game with a couple of classy points and completed his 15th victory in 16 encounters with Soderling in 88 minutes. Roger's variation of play and his serve were outstanding.

He will now play the player coming second in group A on Saturday.

 
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11/27/2010 | 01:28 PM
good luck today Roger go go go Roger.I will be watching.xxxx
11/27/2010 | 01:11 PM
Well Done Roger!!!
I wish u the best of luck tonight!
beat Djokovic and go to the final
U CAN DO THIS!!!
GOOOOO ROGER GOOOO :)
11/27/2010 | 12:00 PM
Just to make my previous post clearer, since the umpire, like Rafa, thought it was out, Berdych was invited to challenge. Then he based his decision on the fact that Rafa stopped to play, so he loses the point.

Sorry for talking about it, the place is about Roger. I hope he stays in form, and continue to impress us with his beautiful tennis.
11/27/2010 | 11:45 AM
Dearest Roger,

I wish the very best tonight. Show us your majestic tennis again!

May God bless you.

Kei from Japan
11/27/2010 | 11:18 AM
I am very pleased to see you so confident and willing to fight till the end!!!
You play excelent tennis ! It was about time , I missed seeing your best !!!
Dont loose that ! Go on ! I know you can do it ! Go on ! Go on! Amaze us !!! Good luck !!!
11/27/2010 | 11:13 AM
Concerning rafa's behaviour, here in the press they say he was wrong. The linejudge said the ball was in and Rafa raise his arm to challenge BEFORE the overule by the umpire. Even if he hit the ball and it landed in, he stopped the rally to challenge. So in the rules if the challenge goes wrong, the player who stopped the rally to challenge lose the point. So it's Berdych's point. Even if the umpire thought it was out, the challenge was asked before and he followed the rules.
11/27/2010 | 11:12 AM
Congratulations on your win against Soderling!!!
You had a lot of nice rallies and like always you were able to produce your masterclass winners!!! Loved that last point in the tie break!!!
Keep up the awesome form!!!
Best of luck in the semis!!!
COME ON!!!
11/27/2010 | 11:08 AM
*Hughsie/Margaret,
Thank you. Actually I am at the Airport now waiting for my flight back home. I only had tickets for the RR matches. I would have loved to watch Roger a little longer though, because there is nothing better than watching him live. It was good to see how much Roger is loved in London. I met a lot of people from all over the world who only got tickets to watch Roger. He is in very good shape, looks very fit and healthy and as always took some time to take care of his fans.

J
11/27/2010 | 11:00 AM
continued..

We should stay fair under all circumstances. That is what Roger stands for and that is why he received the Sportsmanship Award so many times. When a player is treated unjustly he has the right to protest and get angry when he is robbed of his right. I would like us to respect Roger's competitors more. This is sport, not war.

Joke
11/27/2010 | 10:57 AM
*Nancylor,
Umpires are only human and they make mistakes. The umpires selected for the WTF are the best in the business, but even they can make mistakes. My point was that Nadal had every right to be angry, given the moment in the match: 5-6 down, serving to stay in the match, a match he had to win to qualify for the SF. What I dislilke about the behaviour of some of Roger's fans over here is that they magnify everything Nadal does and rate it in a negative way.