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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 | 08:49 AM
Congrats Roger ! They have fireworks every time u win, kinda cool. Do they do it just for you??
Well Mr. Sunday, all the best in yr shotmaking n serves , stay healthy and focus and hungry for another trophy lift !
Blessings always .
08/13/2006 | 07:41 AM
....way to go Rog!...
08/13/2006 | 07:20 AM
Roger,

I watched the match. It's definitely a tough one and congratulations on your victory!

I'm waiting to watch you with Gasquest tonight. it's going to be 1.00 am. in the morning in Bangkok. I'm sure you will win!!!

08/13/2006 | 07:20 AM
Roger,

I watched the match. It's definitely a tough one and congratulations on your victory!

I'm waiting to watch you with Gasquest tonight. it's going to be 1.00 am. in the morning in Bangkok. I'm sure you will win!!!

08/13/2006 | 06:54 AM
Hi Roger,

Great to see u win all the time. Please continue your good form even in the Flushing Meadows after obviously winning this tournament (who are the opponents anyway!!!). Please for our sake crack the Rafa Nadal code at the earliest so that you
08/13/2006 | 06:20 AM
ROGELIOOOO!!! That was SUBLIME tennis, what you played against Malisse and then against Fernando today... they too played EXQUISITE tennis, but of course, when the time came, you upped your game a couple notches and then you dispatched them, as it should
08/13/2006 | 06:04 AM
Dearest Roger

It's glad to see you win again although the match didn't seem to be a easy one. But winning is always great!
So at first, Congratulations for your victory!!

The score seems to be a little bit though. Your opponent played well in that
08/13/2006 | 05:59 AM
Dearest Roger

It's glad to see you win again although the match didn't seem to be a easy one. But winning is always great!
So at first, Congratulations for your victory!!

The score seems to be a little bit though. Your opponent played well in that
08/13/2006 | 05:58 AM
Dearest Roger

It's glad to see you win again although the match didn't seem to be a easy one. But winning is always great!
So at first, Congratulations for your victory!!

The score seems to be a little bit though. Your opponent played well in that
08/13/2006 | 05:56 AM
Dearest Roger

It's glad to see you win again although the match didn't seem to be a easy one. But winning is always great!
So at first, Congratulations for your victory!!

The score seems to be a little bit though. Your opponent played well in that
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