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Roger defeats Nadal and books |final spot

18.03.2012 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger won the 28th encounter with Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 and will now play John Isner in Sunday's final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

The match started nearly three hours late because of rain, conditions were very windy and temperatures plunged. "I had a good day. It was a great match in tough conditions," Roger said. "It was so difficult but man I couldn't be more happy. I played amazing. I didn't expect myself to play so well, and this is sometimes when you can pull off the biggest wins of your career. That's where I'm happy I gave myself a chance this week."

Roger was extremely efficient, converting the three break-points he had right upon the first attempt. He was even serving for victory at 5-2 in the second set when Nadal broke his serve. But only two games and a rain-delay later he made everything clear with a final ace.

Roger will play John Isner in Sunday's final. He leads the head-to-head against the American 2-1. Roger had lost the last Davis Cup match on clay in Switzerland just a few weeks ago.

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03/18/2012 | 04:10 PM
Dearest Roger, congratulations for overcoming Nadal and making the final. I was so excited watching your incredible shots in such weather conditions.
Best of luck against Isner today.
May tennis gods protect and lead you to the trophy!
I will be sending you my very best of positive energy.
03/18/2012 | 04:09 PM
Every time you win it's like a gift. I'm filled with a warm glow of happiness and pride. And against Nadal it's so very much more special. How you kept your cool at match point was just fabulouos. Just came out and served an ace.
Was there a glimpse of a twin in your box at one point? Not sure.
03/18/2012 | 04:08 PM
Way to go!
Best luck!
03/18/2012 | 04:06 PM
I woke up at 4:00am(GMT+8),but the match didn't begin until 8:00am. This was really a fantastic match. Your amazing performance drove away all my drowsiness. Thanks to your win, I am over the moon the whole day. Come on Roger! We totally believe you will definitly defeat Isner and achieve the 73th title. Best wishes to you...
03/18/2012 | 04:02 PM
Congratulations!!! Maestro))
03/18/2012 | 04:00 PM
I pray for you Roger
03/18/2012 | 03:49 PM
Thank you so much for the amazing match you give us last night. I just couldn't stop cheering for you.
I follow you since you had long hair =) and you always make me love tennis.
God Bless You!
03/18/2012 | 03:43 PM
Congratulations Roger! Good luck for the final.
03/18/2012 | 03:36 PM
Congrats Maestro ...you were incredible ...good luck for the final <3
03/18/2012 | 03:32 PM
That was unbelievably superb! Knew you were going to do it. Fabulous!