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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 | 06:10 PM
Hi Roger,

I'm very happy to join your fan club. I has been long time for me to find out how to express how fanatic and proud of your talent I am. Now I got this access so I thank you and all your management for that.
by then, congratulation for the qu
10/06/2006 | 06:08 PM
You had to work for this one!!!! What a nail-biter, but you pulled it off as always. Good job sweetie, you had it in you and you showed the Japanese people what you are made of. I wish you the best of luck in the SF. No need to tell you I am with you,
10/06/2006 | 05:57 PM
It's so nice seeing the Japanese fans here supporting you. Their English is wonderful, so they should keep it up!

I was watching your progress on your website over Suzuki. Well done, Roger. You're a fighter...and you have many faithful fans online. You
10/06/2006 | 05:56 PM
Congratulations Roger, It was a heart pounding game, the match was not televised on cable so I have to depend on the online scoreboard, anyway, can't wait for your next blog. GOD BLESS!

10/06/2006 | 05:46 PM
When I heard on EUROSPORT what happen in Tokyo, I was afraid. My first thought was "This is consequence of that dream, 100%". I'm glade you win. Kiss
10/06/2006 | 05:21 PM
Congratulation on your winning! Don't fear losing..just play your best and enjoy tennis like you always did!
10/06/2006 | 05:06 PM
Good luck Roger for your semis.
10/06/2006 | 05:03 PM
I had to look twice at Suzuki's ranking, I thought theres an extra zero there. If you had lost, your image would be fine, just another footnote in history, another aspect to your "textured" career, certainly to laugh abt to your grandchildren.
10/06/2006 | 04:55 PM
it's just very good that you succeded this important victory...good luck in sf and please win the touranmanet for us...we are here for you...take care and fight until you obtain the title...great game today...enjoy it and go ahead tomorrow...all the best
10/06/2006 | 04:52 PM
I'm glad you won it finally, keep going!
Hope one day I can go to Japan or China to watch your match, anyway, good luck!
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