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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 | 08:10 PM
Roger,

It was disturbing to read the BBC article about the nightmare. I also think it is the Sake bomber that might be the cause. Too much tennis will also hurt you, but not in sleep!

For the sake of tennis would you please avoid Sake and all other
10/06/2006 | 08:03 PM
Hi Rog,
Congratulations for your win and principally for your new record. I´m sure you are going to beat all of them. Good luck in the game tomorrow!! All of us (fans) are looking forward for your next post. Your blog is great!!!
And good luck in the
10/06/2006 | 08:00 PM
Good job pulling it out Rog, I bet you hope you don't have to play a match at 3:24 in the morning! I thought they would have suspended it around 1:00 AM? What time did that match start at?
10/06/2006 | 07:12 PM
Roger you are so funny! Yes, the media would have had a ball with the upset, but it would have been kinda amazing you know had that happened. You really would have made that guy's day possibly his career, even if he never won again. I am very happy for
10/06/2006 | 06:56 PM
Congrants Federer. Keep it up!!!
10/06/2006 | 06:55 PM
Congratulations Roger!
It was a really good match and it was really good that you win.
But you had to fight for the win but you are and will always be the best player in the world Roger!
See Ya.
Cuong Phan, SWE
10/06/2006 | 06:35 PM
Fedex
well congrats for another thrilling win
and also for breaking your own record u r the best ever to lift a racket.
10/06/2006 | 06:33 PM
Well done Roger!
We all know Suzuki's ranking is "deformed" by his injury, but you're right about saving your image. Becker awaits, and if you defeat the "Agassi retirer", Henman I suppose. Have a good rest, but please write you blog.
Luisg
10/06/2006 | 06:32 PM
Roger,
Graceful describes your demeanor.
Classy describes your style.
and it's fun to watch your shy/sly smile appear each time you win. Good Luck!
Carla Maria
10/06/2006 | 06:12 PM
way to go roger!!!!
hope you succeeeeeeeeed in the semi fineals and the finals!!!!
your best best fan ever jumana!!!!
take care!!
waiting for the next blog!!
i just wanna ask if i recieve a message on your website how can i reply or see the message??
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