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Roger's 80th victory this season

20.10.2006 | Tennis

Roger is right on track for his first Madrid Masters title after defeating American Robby Ginepri 6-3 7-6 in the quarterfinals. He notched up his 80th win of the year in comfortable fashion to set-up a semi-final clash with Argentine David Nalbandian.

 

Vying to become the first player in the Open era to win 10 titles in three straight years, Roger tied Ivan Lendl's 24-year-old mark of successive 80-win seasons with the victory. "It's great to get another win and it's a sign of the hard work paying off," Roger said. "I'm very proud to have walked off the court 80 times as a winner and only five as a loser. It means a lot to me."

 

Roger broke Ginepri in the eighth game on his way to taking the first set in 27 minutes. Both players held serve to take the second set to a tiebreaker in which Roger pressured Ginepri into three unforced errors.

 

Though Roger and Nalbandian have split their previous 12 encounters, the Argentine has only beaten Roger once since 2003 - in last year's Masters Cup final.

 

 
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10/21/2006 | 04:52 AM
HERE YOU COME, ROGER - TIME TO RISE AND SHINE AND SHOW WHY YOU'RE SIMPLY THE BEST! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOUR SUBLIME TENNIS TOMORROW! SORRY, DAVID, THIS IS AS FAR AS YOU GO!!!

ALL THE BEST TO YOU AND YOUR TEAM!

MARY KAY
MICHIGAN
USA
10/21/2006 | 04:42 AM
well, now that Nadal's gone, there'll definitely be a new champ, and who better than Roger Federer to be the one to win it! good luck! : )

cheers,
Shauna!
10/21/2006 | 04:19 AM
Yay Roger!!!!! Congratulations on your victory over Ginepri. 80 wins....WOW!

Love and hugs!
Cori USA
10/21/2006 | 04:17 AM
Roger,

I've been following your games everytime you play. Your my inspiration and everytime you win a game it'll always make my day. I got nervous sometimes when you play against the players like Nadal and Nalbanian, but after you beat Nadal in Wimbled
10/21/2006 | 03:40 AM
Hi, dear Rog ( Leo), you played beautefully. Stay cool with David tomorrow. After the Madrid trophey you will get Roland Garros 2007. G-d Bless.

Always your fan Rita from New York
10/21/2006 | 03:36 AM
Oh God!!! you're really awsome Roger!!!
Congratulation and you can make it to the title, I know you can ;)
Good luck and take care,
Lana -oxxo-
10/21/2006 | 03:30 AM
good job roger.

ALL THE BEST for the match against nalbandian.

harika.
10/21/2006 | 03:18 AM
Congratulations Roger!!
10/21/2006 | 03:15 AM
Good job Roger, keep it up, wish you best luck in the next match.
Reem
10/21/2006 | 02:35 AM
Congratulations,Roger!!!!
Toda la semana te he seguido en directo y cada día me enamoras más con tu juego...mucha suerte contra Nalbandian,no te relajes ni un instante...

un abrazo
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