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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 | 12:29 AM
congrats roger
i was having continous heart attacks and hyperventilating moments watching you play vs blake, it was a roller coaster of emotions to say the least. im pretty sure you'll make it to the finals and it looks like it'll be a federervs roddick
09/09/2006 | 12:18 AM
Congrats Roger on a good win and your record tying 10th SF to be on par with a great player like Lendl.
I was utterly shocked to see you losing the 3rd set tie-breaker despite having a match point and the 4th set really tested my nerves and I had to skip
09/09/2006 | 12:15 AM
Roger, you played an almost perfect game until you had to serve to get the sets... but it doesn't matter now.
You're playing so well in NY so I'm sure you will be the champ again!!!

09/08/2006 | 11:18 PM
Dearest Roger,

That was an amazing match, which was like a roller coaster ride. I am very happy that you won! Congratulations! I guess you could have won it in three sets if some morons had not decided to get up and leave just when you were going to se
09/08/2006 | 09:20 PM
dear roger, i had the honor of watching you play on armstrong stadium up close and personal because of the rain delay on tuesday and then i was able to see you play james blake under the full moon no less i cant tell you how much it meant to me to see yo
09/08/2006 | 09:16 PM
well done rogi...yesterday you played a great match...you had some problems to close the set and the match,but you played very well!now against davydenko,is a match which you haven't to understimate...good luck!
09/08/2006 | 09:05 PM
now the semis
09/08/2006 | 09:01 PM
well done. good luck in the semis ...and onto the final and the trophy.
best wishes.
09/08/2006 | 08:59 PM
well done roger. but please be more focused when you're serving for the match because i almost pass out when i was watching the game. Good luck in the semis and then in the final. I know you are capable of winning your 9th title.
09/08/2006 | 08:56 PM
Hi Roger!

I am speechless :D I watched the game, and was all the time in good thoughts for you. It was a really match of a kind, that we havent seen in this tournament.. You really deserve the winning of this match, because all of you winning points, w