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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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10/06/2006 | 09:31 PM
CONGRATULATIONS ROGER YOU ARE THE BEST NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD FOR A LONG TIME....... INCREDIBLE.......

I am in admiration in front of you you are INCREDIBLE.......

Vanina, Brussels, Belgium.
10/06/2006 | 09:10 PM
Dear Roger,
Congratulations for raching the semi and breaking your own ATP record in 2005 after hard fought battle with Suzuki. He is a quick and talented player, as remebered his match against you in Australian open 2005.
I salute you as a Super Champ
10/06/2006 | 09:05 PM
hi Roger!!!

Wonderful victory, that's really great u won, i am really happy for u, keep going camp,

CONGRATS.

Urs
fan No. 1
10/06/2006 | 08:46 PM
Come on Rog, champions win even though they don't play perfectly. And you are one of these! Moreover you've improved your record of points in the race and there are other tournaments for you to play, so come on and win everything!!!
10/06/2006 | 08:44 PM
Hey Rog! :D

First of all, congratulations on your last win and sorry about your tibia. I hope it's healing fast... Hey, I'm really loving your blog more and more every day! Before, I thought that it would have been nicer if it were a two-week blog, but
10/06/2006 | 08:42 PM
hope u will play better next match
good luke roger am not gona sleep
today i have alot of home works and
ur match will be at 4:00 am ( i shold
go to shcool at 8:00am) loooooooool
full schedule
===
love u - sara from saudi arabia
10/06/2006 | 08:41 PM
What a Pro - you pulled the rabbit (victory!) out of your hat when you absolutely needed to. This ability differentiates the top 10 players from the rest of the field, let alone you, as No. 1 - you're the BEST in a tough fight. "When the going gets tou
10/06/2006 | 08:41 PM
I read your blog it is fun. You are talking about hi-tech toilet, fast network cellphone etc. Those japanese needs to give u the endorsements for cars like mazda, honda, corolla, luxus, and same for cellphones and toilet. You don't need to buy those.
10/06/2006 | 08:21 PM
wow roger good job! i <3 u!

its always so interesting to see how the player reacts and what goes on in their head during a match. good luck! youre my #1!
10/06/2006 | 08:21 PM
Congratulations,Roger!!!
I'm glad to see your victory again and I hope victories will last in the next matches.
Wish for your good performance in the semi.
Fighting!!!
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