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40th title?

13.08.2006 | Tennis

Roger was taken to three sets by Fernando Gonzalez on Saturday, downing the 15th-seeded Chilean 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 to reach the Toronto Masters Series final - his 17th straight ATP final, a streak dating back to his semifinal exit at Roland Garros in 2005.

"I had problems in the second and third sets, but I made it through. That's what counts", Roger commented. "A month's break without any tournaments and then straight to the finals. I can't ask for anything more."

On Sunday Roger will face France's Richard Gasquet, a 6-2, 7-5 winner over Scottish teenager Andy Murray.

After racing through the opening set, Roger failed to convert several break points early in the second set and Gonzalez, who won Olympic doubles gold in Athens two years ago, broke him at love in the 12th game to force a decisive set.

Roger saved a break point at 1-2 in the third set, then broke Gonzalez in the seventh game when the Chilean lofted a lob long. Two games later, Roger closed out the match with another break to improve to 61-4 on the year: 60-0 against all opponents but nemesis Rafael Nadal.

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08/13/2006 | 03:28 PM
I know you can do it! Though the final game is going to start at 2:00 am in Taiwan, I think I will still watch the live scor. Good luck! Roger!
08/13/2006 | 02:59 PM
go Roger!! get that title!
08/13/2006 | 02:52 PM
Another exciting match yesterday! It even inspired me to write a poem, but you'll have to wait with reading that until the US Open Red Envelope :))
I wish you lots of success in your match against Gasquet!
08/13/2006 | 02:48 PM
Hi, Roger, congratulations on your win over Rodrigez. You are absolutely right, the final results matter. It is just concerning to see you hitting wide or long... Your first sets are always brilliant. You definately remember who you are and what acco
08/13/2006 | 02:45 PM
You had me worried!!!!! You still did not look up to par as far as being rested, Still you brought it together the won the game. That is the Roger I love. Hope you feel great today, I sure don't, ragweed season has started here in Ohio, so I think I'am
08/13/2006 | 02:44 PM
Congratulations Roger on reaching your 17th straight final. And what a fight you had to put up again! But as always, when things got tough you raised your game to a level no one can keep up with!
I hope you have enough left today so you can fend off Gas
08/13/2006 | 02:41 PM
Congratulations on coming through two tough matches. That's exactly what you do--you just don't lose!
Best of luck with the final. I know you have a recipe for defeating Gasquet.
08/13/2006 | 02:39 PM
Congrats Roger!! I knew you could do it!!
The Trophy will be in your hands soon!
Good luck against Richard..;))
08/13/2006 | 02:28 PM
well done again Roger it's always a delight to watch your matches. Such a gentleman, no dramas, no grunting or shouting - just a true champion
08/13/2006 | 02:17 PM
You came through 2 tough matches and thats what makes a champion, enjoy Sunday!
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