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22nd major semi-final in series!

10.09.2009 | Tennis

Roger defeated Robin Söderling 6-0, 6-3, 6-7(6), 7-6(6) this night to reach the semi-finals of the US Open. He will now meet Novak Djokovic.

 

The victory brought Roger to his 22nd (!) consecutive semifinal at a major tournament, which more than doubles the previous mark of 10 set by Ivan Lendl. “It’s probably one of the greatest records,” Roger said on court, “for me, anyway, in my personal career.”

 

Roger set off a firework to start off, wrapping up the first two sets with ease in just 59 minutes. Söderling struggled with Roger's perfect display and the gusting conditions. In the third set, the Swede hung in there, eventually challenging Roger to a tie-break. Roger quickly moved to 4-0, only for Söderling to suddenly came alive, getting back to 5-5 and finally even taking the set.

Söderling was not going away and he held his game together sufficiently to take the fourth set into a tie-break as well. He had another set-point but then lost two crucial points, handing Roger the victory just after midnight.

 

Roger will now play Novak Djokovic (ATP 4) in the semi-final on Saturday - the remake of last year's semi-final at the US Open. Roger leads the head-to-head 8:4.

 
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