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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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09/08/2006 | 08:56 PM
Well done Rogi.. Blake was a real threat. Now onto semi's. Davydenko is tough and consistent. But your game looks sharper than in Australia. I hope you play Roddick in the finals. Here's the chance to get Roger bear...

09/08/2006 | 08:38 PM
Roger, it was great match! Really. Your forehand is splendid. I hope that You win US Open... I'm sorr if I do few error. I'm from Poland...
09/08/2006 | 08:33 PM
Federer, I watched all the game you played with Blake yesterday, and man, what a great game! Congratulations Federer, and good luck with Davydenko. And I think that in the finals you'll play with Roddick, and I'm sure that, if it happens, we're gonna see
09/08/2006 | 08:19 PM
Dear Roger

I am so happy that you won. It was a wonderful match for you especially at this time of the tournament.

Good practice for you and you did so well. With that partisan crowd it must have been so distracting for you. Anyway, you can dea
09/08/2006 | 07:46 PM
go straight to the final roger!!!!we love our champion!!!
09/08/2006 | 07:37 PM
congrats roger! i know this was going to be a tough match for u, since blake is also a pretty good player. u had ur struggles, but it was still fantastic tennis. the shots u made were incredible. and when blake increased the level of his game, u rose up t
09/08/2006 | 07:22 PM
man you are the one made for the trophy!!!1
i know it you will win and i want you to know that we are all with you you are never alone
09/08/2006 | 07:17 PM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations for your win over Blake.
I'was a bit of worried about you, but in the end, you dit it again!!! Great work.
Keep it up and stay healthy.....
I'm lokking foward to seeing your beautiful and powerful tennis tomorrow.
09/08/2006 | 07:12 PM
Hello Roger, as the end of the US open approaches, Sports anchors and the US medias are expecting a loss from you, they all want that Roddick "comeback" I am from europe, like you too and I cannot stress enough how unique and different your tennis is. I t
09/08/2006 | 07:11 PM
Congratulations! Great match!! It was a tough crowd out there and will be again. But there are just as many cheering crowds for you all around the world. Wish we had internet cheering or soemthing like that!