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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 | 10:21 AM
Congratulations, Roger!!!

It seems that you've won a match of high quality. Both of you played well, more you were better, of course. So you turned out to be the winner at last. You have the capability to win it.

You really really concentrated yours
09/09/2006 | 07:23 AM
Hi Federer !

Another Milestone is waiting for you just two matches away. My prayers are with you.

Wakeel Ahmad
09/09/2006 | 06:51 AM
Hey Roger,

Hearty Congrats for a fantastic win!
I cant wait to see you pick third successive US Open trophy!!
All the Very Best!

09/09/2006 | 05:59 AM
Awesome Win FEDERER! Two more to go I know you can do it.
gOoD lUcK
Our world`s nr ONE
09/09/2006 | 05:44 AM
Hello Roger
What a fantastic match not only between 2 great tennis players but 2 great men. Congratulations to both of you for playing superb tennis and to you for being the winner.
Wonderful study of tennis styles--oh, it should have been the final as
09/09/2006 | 05:30 AM
Roggi, Roggi: I knew that I would be a very complicated match from all points of view. You did what always you know at the time of obtaining the triumph. Some people said that you didn´t shine. You did not like to win in the second set 6/0, the silence of
09/09/2006 | 05:22 AM
Good luck in the SF !!!! All my heart and mind and prayers are with you !!!

Pam V (Tampa, FL)
09/09/2006 | 04:55 AM
Roger, Go Go Go...

09/09/2006 | 04:18 AM
way to go tiger keep it up
09/09/2006 | 03:52 AM
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