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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 | 05:28 AM
Hi Roger

Congrats on your semi final win against a very dogged opponent. I must say though it was pretty unnerving to watch you at times, it is still a marvel to see how you've gotten back to the swing of things so quickly, with so little match play be
08/13/2006 | 05:02 AM
Roger, of course, congratulations. It always works around you winning the match. You never give up but ... It is so challenging for your fans. I would not want you to inhabit losing the second set, then close the match with the bang. Your first set is
08/13/2006 | 05:00 AM
Well, well, Roggi, finaly you are in the final.
It is great to hear it, more is, to see it.
Well donne.
And GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
All my love and support .
Cecilia
PD My kids are so happy and thy give their support, and love.
08/13/2006 | 04:53 AM
GO ROGER GO ROGER GO...........
Good luck in your next match.
Lana -oxxo-
08/13/2006 | 04:35 AM
Bien Roger!!!!!!!!!!sigue asi no dejes que nadie te gane okkkkk.Te quiero muchisimo!!!!!!!

Atte.Paulina.
08/13/2006 | 04:22 AM
Dear Roger
Congratulations!!! For your victory over Malisse & Gonzalez. Not easy thought.
Good Luck.............
08/13/2006 | 03:28 AM
Congratulations Roger for winning Gonzalez today! I kept my fingers crossed the whole time. Well, you really didn't need the luck! You are one gifted person.
08/13/2006 | 03:06 AM
Congratulations Roger for winning Gonzalez. One more step and the Trophy will be yours. Thank you for all the great matches you have done during this tournament. You are really a great ever World No 1. Take good care of yourself and see you tomorrow at
08/13/2006 | 03:04 AM
C´MON ROGEEEEERRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
08/13/2006 | 03:00 AM
Dear Roger,

congratulations!!!
I 've just followed the live socre of the semi- fina.
You are really tough and great....I have no more words to descrive you, thank you for your win vs Gonzalez!
Enjou the final tomorrow.

Miwa
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