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Roger battles into quarters

15.03.2012 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger got by Thomaz Bellucci 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to book a spot in the quarters in Indian Wells.

"These are the wins that sort of almost feel better, to be quite honest, because when you're playing great, it's simple, it's easy, right?" But when it's not going your way and things are difficult, that's kind of the good wins," Roger said.

For the second day in a row, he dropped the opening set but he then broke Bellucci in the first and ninth games of the second to level the match. The final set went with serve until Roger broke the 50th-ranked Brazilian in the 10th game, converting his second match point when the left-hander hit a forehand long.

It was Roger's 74th consecutive victory against a player outside the top 20, and he has won 36 of 38 matches since the US Open. After a well deserved rest today he will play either Juan Martin del Potro or Denis Istomin on Friday.

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03/15/2012 | 11:47 PM
You fought so valiantly, Roger, congratulations for a victory well earned !
Please rest today and shake off the flu that's been ailing you .
Come out strong and healthy and beat Delpo one more time...
You know what to do , play to win !
Best of the best to you, Rogi !
03/15/2012 | 11:18 PM
Well Done! Roger i knew you could win,GOOD LUCK with your next match from all your fans in LIVERPOOL.xxxxxxxxxxx
03/15/2012 | 09:41 PM
What a match Roger! I was praying for you to feel good to fight! I always say the same to you but you deserve to relax for a moment and recover forces! All the best for the end of the tournament!! love you Rog!
03/15/2012 | 09:35 PM
You really battled through with Bellucci. I had to get up and get a glass of wine to calm down. It didn't help that the tennis channel switched to Harrison/Simon & I didin't know what you were doing. Of course I had on my lucky red socks - so I knew you would win. I kept thinking of Rafa as I watched him. So far Kudla, Raonic, Bellucci - all new but now Delpo not so new. Wishing you well against him in the qtrs. Glad yuo feel better - good to see Mirka again.
03/15/2012 | 09:13 PM
Hi Roger,

It was tough but a good fight you put up yesterday and good that you won it. Hope you get well completely today so that you can be in form to play the QF.
Good luck and take care!

You are the best always!!
03/15/2012 | 08:13 PM
Hi Roger congrats.... I will be nice gester that in your next match try to play with something black in honor to the kids their die in the terrible accident in swizerland.

03/15/2012 | 07:30 PM
Hi Roger great stuff and as you say the matches which require real graft and determination are often the most pleasing. am sure you can go all the way in Indian Wells if you maintain your focus and form.

Hope you and your family are now back to full health.

all the best
03/15/2012 | 07:03 PM
roger where is ur big serves........
03/15/2012 | 07:02 PM
come onnnnnnnnnnnn
03/15/2012 | 06:58 PM
You're the best,omni-great Maestro! Hopefully you'll win the Friday's match as well :)