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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 | 04:44 PM
though match great rogi...but in the end your talent had overcome....now you will play against becker,hard player,so you have to stay focused and give to us another dream....
good luck!
10/06/2006 | 04:43 PM
Hi roger,

Congrat's on another hard fought match didn't think it would have been as hard as it turned out to be but i have always said sometimes the wildcards can be more dangerous than the seeded players are. But you did it thats what counts and iam g
10/06/2006 | 04:39 PM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations Roger!!!
I also wanted Suzuki to hold out because I'm Japanese, but I'm really glad that you won.

Wish you sleep well and good luck in the semi-final!

Lots of love,

P.S. Don't forget to write a wonderful b
10/06/2006 | 04:38 PM
....rog..don't have to worry about ur image.....nothing can destroy it.....we'll see to that
......& congs on a brave comeback......
....don't think about losing .....b4 u have actually lost....
10/06/2006 | 04:38 PM
Hoding on to the top Roger is harder than climbing up. It's a lot easier to fall, whereas when you're climbing you have nothing to lose. All thes guys that come after you, they probably play the best play in their lives, so I would understand how much m
10/06/2006 | 04:37 PM
Hey , Roger ! I'm really happy 2 see that u're ok. I'm a verry big fan of u and a big fan of tennis , but I just moved in another city 2 study law , and didn't really had enough time 2 go on internet and read news about u . It's nice 2 see that u're writ
10/06/2006 | 04:32 PM
Dear Roger,

Congratulation on your hard fight and the quarter-final victory, and the new record ATP race record! More than hundred of your fans all over the world stayed with you on the forum cheering on your every point. We were so pound of your men
10/06/2006 | 04:29 PM
Roger, that was a close one but Suzuki's ranking is misleading since he hasn't played in 9 months. Still...you are right...the media would have had a field-day. But then...they always make a big deal whenever you lose...or whenever you are even pushed.
10/06/2006 | 04:10 PM
Dear Roger,
What a stormy weather! Conglatulation to your match against Suzuki and good luck to your semi! I just wonder if you went out for a dinner tonight.

Best regads
10/06/2006 | 04:02 PM
U did again.. even you can have a bad day and dont playing so well as u want.. but important here is u showed ur class and u won, that is good for the rest of the tournment.. Anyway winning a hard match when u thought in some moments ma
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