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Roger beats Blake to reach semifinals

08.09.2006 | Tennis

Roger is into the semi-finals of the US Open with a hard fought victory over American James Blake.

 

The world number one took the first set in a tiebreak and lost the third on another before reaching his 10th successive grand slam semi-final to match Ivan Lendl's record Open era streak.

 

Roger saved three set points in the first set tie break, but then proceeded to run away from the American in the second set.

 

Blake needed five set points to win the third set tiebreak, finally winning it when Roger slipped while attempting a passing shot. It was the first set Roger had lost in the tournament.

 

Roger looked unsettled at the beginning of the fourth set. But he saved three break points on his serve, and proceeded to break Blake's serve in the next game.

 

Despite the support of a vocal home town crowd behind Blake, Roger won 7-6, 6-0, 6-7, 6-4.

 

"I thought it was a fantastic match," said Roger. "Unbelievable, high quality. I really thought we were hitting the ball so hard."

 

Roger will meet seventh seed Nikolay Davydenko on Saturday for a place in the final following the Russian's five-set victory over Germany's Tommy Haas. Roger has won all seven of their previous meetings.

 
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09/09/2006 | 06:12 PM
Good job Roger but it wasn't your usual flawless performance. A little more killer instinct and you should come away a winner. Don't make me sweat!
09/09/2006 | 05:14 PM
I am so sad ..... my mother's not in good health and I cant' see the US Open matchs!!!!
DAMN.
But I read you won and this is fantastic for me.
Go Roger Go, my best love

marina reds
09/09/2006 | 05:02 PM
Good Roger !

You will winn this tournament.



Good Luck, Health and Happiness !

Simi.
09/09/2006 | 04:47 PM
Congratulations!Though I couldn't watch it on TV,it seemed to be a wonderful match~
Anyways,good luck in the following matches in US open!!!:)
09/09/2006 | 04:43 PM
Dearest Roger,

In BBC Gamewatch they said that in the third set, after the audience did the wave, you swiftly went up to 0-30 before hitting the best shot, not only of this match, but almost certainly the tournament and probably the year. They said des
09/09/2006 | 03:32 PM
Congratulations. What a great match. James is my favorite American player but I was cheering for you (my favorite player and sportsman). You played so well and I know it must have been tough to hear the noise from the crowd. Please think about your f
09/09/2006 | 03:29 PM
u r so incredible rogie
u r so amazing..
seeing u playing tennis, so beautiful =)
strike for the winner rogie
it's all urs
my prayer always within u
good luck rogie
09/09/2006 | 03:28 PM
Roger
I just love to watch you play!!!!!
Peace and go get that trophy!!!!
A forever fan
Deb
09/09/2006 | 02:37 PM
Hi! Roger, I am so happy you are in the semi-finals. I hope you continue wining. Good luck in your next match.
God bless you,
Lucy

09/09/2006 | 02:25 PM
this match was great! James Blake is my 2nd favourite player, and although that didn't stop me from rooting for Roger one bit, i was quite pleased to see him step his game up! i really enjoy watching James play and i pretty much always root for him to win
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