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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 | 01:52 PM
Congratulations Roger! You were so great! I knew that you win because You are the best player at the world and I know that You will win the US Open!
I'm sure of that :)
Good luck Roger ! <3
09/09/2006 | 12:35 PM
Dear Roger
I just want to say thank you for the fantastic match.. As you said "unbelievable, high quality"....
Good Luck.......
09/09/2006 | 12:33 PM
Happy to see that u r not only a player with great skills but also a role model showing great personalities. Congratulations n hope to watch u play in final.
09/09/2006 | 12:32 PM
Hi Roger,
Need to serve better esp. the 1st serve.
Once you are up need to have a killer instinct to put the opponent away. Your backhand errored when you try to go for the kill, need to practice that shot. Serve ,serve and serve good and you will
09/09/2006 | 11:33 AM
Interesting facts~~ Roger, next time you'd better not give your opponent a 6-0 set, they will be excited by that~~~
09/09/2006 | 11:29 AM
hi roger
you were incredible as usual.two more to go.
i am sure you will win the us open.
09/09/2006 | 11:27 AM
09/09/2006 | 11:06 AM
congratz roger!!! all d best 4 d semis!!
09/09/2006 | 11:02 AM
I know that you can beat Blake.
Are you ready for the hattrick at USO?
come on
All your fans are behind you and praying for you
09/09/2006 | 10:38 AM
congratulation ! Roger
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