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A narrow victory

12.08.2006 | Tennis

Roger was pushed to somewhere in the neighbourhood of his regal limit yesterday by unseeded Belgian Xavier Malisse before finally escaping with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 victory in a quarter-final that featured exquisite amounts of tension and jeopardy for the fearless Roger.

"I didn't feel so well today, but I couldn't say why", Roger commented. "On the other hand I was never really worried about losing". He is, of course, aiming for his seventh victory this season.

With Malisse refusing to wilt under either the spotlights or Roger's aura, our favourite could only summon his top form in stretches and bursts. But it was enough to break Malisse in the fourth game of the third set, with a classic running forehand that bent like an unhittable curveball on the way past a charging Malisse before dropping gently inside the line. With that, Roger finally snapped the deadlock, and held on.

It was the second straight night where Roger dropped a set - he lost the second set to Russian Dmitry Tursunov on Thursday before raising his game for a 6-0 result in the third. Last night, Roger unveiled a similarly elevated performance when it mattered. He will now face 15th-seeded Fernando Gonzalez of Chile.

"Well, Roger's obviously the favourite. He's a favourite going into any tournament," said Murray after scraping out a 6-4, 6-7 (0-7), 6-3 victory over erratic 14th seed Jarkko Nieminen. "Regardless of whether [Rafael] Nadal was still in or not, Federer would still be expected to win."

 
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08/13/2006 | 12:58 PM
Dear Roger,
Congrats on winning (yet again!).Hope you're all well & ready to go for the final..All the best!..I'll be cheering for you from down under:)
Sue
08/13/2006 | 12:52 PM
YES! YES! - double YES - for a hard earned win.
Great, ROGER!
crystal:)
08/13/2006 | 11:46 AM
C'MON Roger, GO FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep it up man! Bye!
08/13/2006 | 11:13 AM
Dear Roger
Congratulations on your winning over Malisse. Incomplete winning because your feeling didn't get well, too.But you had a speciall steady talent more so you could get the win over Gonzalez who looked strength more than you today.
08/13/2006 | 11:12 AM
Dear Roger
Congratulations on your winning over Malisse. Incomplete winning because your feeling didn't get well, too.But you had a speciall steady talent more so you could get the win over Gonzalez who looked strength more than you today.
08/13/2006 | 11:01 AM
Congratulations,
I wish what happen today, I mean dropping two sets and the hardships that you went through, won’t face you anymore for a long time.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD LUCK
08/13/2006 | 10:59 AM
hallo roger ...
congratulation and well done ... i now you can do it and you will ... i sporte you for ever . good luck in the final match .
08/13/2006 | 09:40 AM
Congratulations Roger!!! But more concentracions to final round....
08/13/2006 | 09:30 AM
great job roger =)
08/13/2006 | 09:03 AM
Well, Roger,
You are in a win-win situation, barrowing through each set, like a charging horse galloping and stepping around each opponent.
You may not realize it, but you are playing your best ever tennis.
Without a doubt.
Twist and shout.
And al
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