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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 | 02:44 AM
Go Roger, you can do it!
Please win this match vs Gonzalez!!!!
Believe in yourself and I believe in you!

Miwa
08/13/2006 | 02:38 AM
Hello Roger
Congratulations on winning a brilliant QF's
Wonderful tennis from both yourself & Xavier Malisse--what a 'gem' of a match,certainly worthy of a final[match]
Tony Roche would have been pleased to see you come to the net where you hit many
08/13/2006 | 02:38 AM
Hello Roger
Congratulations on winning a brilliant QF's
Wonderful tennis from both yourself & Xavier Malisse--what a 'gem' of a match,certainly worthy of a final[match]
Tony Roche would have been pleased to see you come to the net where you hit many
08/13/2006 | 02:38 AM
Hello Roger
Congratulations on winning a brilliant QF's
Wonderful tennis from both yourself & Xavier Malisse--what a 'gem' of a match,certainly worthy of a final[match]
Tony Roche would have been pleased to see you come to the net where you hit many
08/13/2006 | 02:09 AM
Roger:
I could tell you were not feeling well yesterday when you were playing. I hope you got some good rest last night. I was feeling nervous for you, I paced the floor watching you, and holding my rosary. I don't know how Mirka can stay so calm, I s
08/13/2006 | 01:56 AM
Congratulations. You did very well against Malisse, especially the third set. Bravo and keep going. All the Best.
08/13/2006 | 12:29 AM
You nearly gave me a heart attack, Roger! The way Malisse was playing, I would've been cheering for him had his opponent been anyone but YOU. Still, you are a great champion and the World No.1 for 132 consecutive weeks simply because you come up with th
08/12/2006 | 11:34 PM
Dearest Roger,

I do hope you are well and on top of your form today, because you need to be against another in form player Gonzalez. Congratulations on your exciting win against Malisse, who played very well. You were just that much better than him.
08/12/2006 | 11:28 PM
Congrats Roger!!

We had some great fun during the match on the forum
08/12/2006 | 11:04 PM

Congrats Roger !
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