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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 | 03:55 PM
Congratulations !

This match is only going to make you stronger! Good luck in the semi-final!
10/06/2006 | 03:55 PM
good job roger! a tough but also a great match. I knew you could do it because I believe in you. but please don't give me a heart attack anymore! love you lots and lots, pray for you as always!
P.S: love your blog!
10/06/2006 | 03:51 PM
Congratulations Roger!
First of all with another record, another one to break
and secondly - congrats on such tough but great victory!
It was so difficult to follow the live score, we almost die , my fingers hardly can type anything, but you are our he
10/06/2006 | 03:51 PM
Hi , Roger
We had wached your game in Ariake, Tokyo today.
Suzuki played his best after Australia open against Roger two years ago.
We had very good time in stormy weather.
Please sleep well and must not wake up with nightmare! (^^)
I also enjoyed yo
10/06/2006 | 03:44 PM
Hi Roger,

Congratulations on your win! Although Suzuki is now ranked 1078, he used to be quite a good player, ranked as high as 102. And this is Japan Open! So a tough match like this is not completely unexpected.

Very happy for you. Have a good res
10/06/2006 | 03:43 PM
Hey Roger,
So glad to hear that you overcame your "fear of defeat" if there is such a thing, and the headlines are not shocking the world... So proud of you, please fight till the end, because you can win, when you mind wins.
Good luck in the next round
10/06/2006 | 03:43 PM
Hello! Roger
I have not writen here. Because, it is english!
But I write it hard.

I watched your match in Ariake yesterday. I was able to see you directry! I was excited!!! You played against Moodie. You played best performance!! I am unforgettable
10/06/2006 | 03:43 PM
Roger you are the best and I wish you to win this tournament. It is good thing that you have fun on court and out of court even if it is sometime a litle bit scarry, but you can handled. Go Roger go and become the best tenis player ever, just need to wi
10/06/2006 | 03:32 PM

Congrats Roger and good luck!
10/06/2006 | 03:28 PM
My dear Roger
First of all congratulations on your ATP race record! Every time you step on the court there is a record for you to break!
And big congratulations on your hard fought victory! We all had a collective heart attack here - fans from all diffe
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