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Roger just makes it

06.10.2006 | Tennis

Roger survived quite a scare from Takao Suzuki – ranked 1,078 – in his quarter final match. He prevailed 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 after being pushed to the limit by an inspired Japanese wildcard, who was playing his first tournament in nine months.


"I could see the headlines," a relieved Federer told reporters. "'Federer loses to a guy outside the top 1,000.' I'm glad I won -- it saved my image."


It was a day of records in Tokio. Roger now already holds 1’346 points in the ATP race; one more than his last year’s best. Had Suzuki managed to defeat Roger, that would certainly also have made for a record!

Benjamin Becker, who had ended Andre Agassi’s last quest for the US Open title earlier this year pushed on and on in the night hours against Jiri Novak: The final result was 3-6, 6-3,7-6 (4) – and the time 3:24 in the morning! No match on the Tour had been finished as late as that before.


"I had to dig deep and come up with a good breaker in the end. There's always a fear of losing. It was a relief," Roger said. He now moved on to a semi-final encounter with either Finland's Jarkko Nieminen or German Benjamin Becker on Saturday.

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10/07/2006 | 01:10 AM
Hi Roger haha what happened?a bad match,a good match and now again a bad match,well champ u have maybe to pay more attention in court,i don't know you are the best,just be yourself now u have a hard match in semis but i know you'll do it,allez!! Rogelio
10/07/2006 | 12:46 AM
Roger, I am pleased that you won against Suzuki. It must be that you are getting a slow start, since being off for a little while since the U.S. Open. Continue to persevere, and I believe all your dreams as a True Champion of the Sport will be realized.
10/07/2006 | 12:20 AM
Hi Roger:
Fun is not watching the lousy scoreboard....Fun is not an excelerated heart beat ....FUN is not refreshing the scoreboard because it seems the score is wrong .... FUN IS seeing the final outcome ....Roger WINS again. Nightmare over.

10/07/2006 | 12:14 AM
well done roger my idol!!!!!!!!
just do it for ur fans!!!!!
10/06/2006 | 11:00 PM
First of all congratulation. I knew you couldn' t lose from a so low ranked player. But in fact i couldn' t see the tie - break because i was so scared. I asked to myself " is this the real roger?. ". And the answer arrived immediately. 7 - 6 for you. Con
10/06/2006 | 10:50 PM
My dear Roger,

Boy! you are certainly enjoying your time in Japan. You are really relaxed and I am happy about that.

I am glad that you won your match yesterday and I hope that your shin will be good for tomorrow. Because as an injury gets older
10/06/2006 | 10:08 PM
Congratulations Roger on the win. It was close but you managed to do it in the end. Congratulations also on the new race record. There seems to be no end to your record breaking - maybe thet should start a category for 'number of records broken. Anyway
10/06/2006 | 10:01 PM
Rog, you really know how to take all the energy out of your fans. Belonging to the people who can't see your matches in Japan I checked the internet this morning in order to find out the result of the match against Suzuki. When I read the score my pulse s
10/06/2006 | 09:59 PM
Takao Suzuki put up a good fight against you in the 2nd round of the 2005 Australian Open, so it's not that surprising he played well. Nice to see, too, considering it's his national tournament.

Sounds like you're having a great time in Japan. Thanks f
10/06/2006 | 09:47 PM
You're really funny Roger... Is it because of your knee that you were about to MAKE IT ( I mean the headlines)? Anyway Roger, it's another win and you're just 2 more away from the Tokyo Graal. Come on, Roger
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