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Roger moves into US Open quarters

07.09.2006 | Tennis

Roger rolled to his fourth consecutive straight-sets victory with a 6-3 7-6 6-3 triumph over France's Marc Gicquel (ATP 79) at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.


The defending two-time champion won the first three games of the fourth-round match without losing a point but the 29-year-old Gicquel settled down and fought gamely.


"I had a feeling that I had to play good today, solid," said Roger. "I was very happy, of course, with the start."


The world number one blasted 15 aces and had 42 winners but Gicquel stayed in the one hour, 46-minute match by committing only 22 unforced errors.


Roger will meet American James Blake in the quarterfinals. The five-seeded Blake downed 12-seeded Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in another fourth-round match with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 win.


"From now on, the players I'm getting are more experienced,'' Roger said in his post-match news conference. "So it's going to be a hard tournament from now on.''

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09/07/2006 | 10:44 PM
I will not watch your match against Blake, but I just want to say that I will think on you, and I m sure that you are going to win. Good luck!!!
09/07/2006 | 09:46 PM
I wish they'd actually show your entire event here! Just because your #1 and we all assume that you're going to play incredibly and the opponent really doesn't have a chance doesn't mean we don't want to see you!!! You're awesome and we will be cheering
09/07/2006 | 09:17 PM
PLEASE WIN!!! As an American, I can say without reservation that you are the best player in the world and I want you to beat Blake so much. Blake is a great guy, but not against you. Good luck. I know you will do it.
09/07/2006 | 09:02 PM
Well done Roger and way to go...All our hearths, minds and support are with you dear Roger...
09/07/2006 | 08:57 PM
Believe you will get through James Blake. God bless you always. Thank for the many good things you are doing, i.e., the Foundation. Annie
09/07/2006 | 07:59 PM
Roger, firstly, well done on your win in the 4th round...knew you could do it.

It is fantastic to see that you have almost 1000 new members on your website in just the few days since I last logged on....

I have also noticed that the TV coverage of y
09/07/2006 | 07:23 PM
congrats on ur win first and foremost!

is it just me or it really does seem that they are not televising roger's matches at all. i mean, i try to tune in on time but i barely get a glimpse of his matches at all. i mean, i know they cover a lot of match
09/07/2006 | 07:22 PM
Your fans here in America and all around the world are cheering for you all the way, Roger! You are our hero, our inspiration.

All our best to you as you take the next step toward your third US Open title!
09/07/2006 | 07:15 PM
My dear Roger

I have been feeling very comfortable with all your matches in this tournament. Normally, I am really nervous but I have been quite calm this time.

Congratulations on your win and I look forward to seeing you tonight playing James Bla
09/07/2006 | 06:37 PM
To: Abbas

Many thanks for your blog! I enjoy it. It sure helps keep me informed about Roger.

Thanks again!

Fellow fans, here's Abbas' blog:
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