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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 | 02:54 PM
To say I am pleased to have watched you beat Nadal last night would be such an understatement I am absolutely elated. Watch a fantastic show of talent and skill despite the horrible weather and the rain breaks. You truly are looking so great.
Looking forward to see you become victorious over Isner this evening.
Loads of Love
Christine xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
03/18/2012 | 02:50 PM
Congratulations Roger, you play a great match despite whether conditions. As i always said after you the tennis is dead. Good luck for the final, but for me the the judgment is the same regardless of the outcome of the game. It's a great honor to be your fan.
03/18/2012 | 02:49 PM
The Federerexpress is here again. I´m so happy.VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
03/18/2012 | 02:45 PM
Some.of the best tennis I have ever seen you play in this match Roger. Fabulous performance and you so deserved to win, especially in the atrocious weather conditions. Congratulations. Good luck against Isner and hope to see you lifting the trophy again Love, Liz x
03/18/2012 | 02:42 PM
Extremely efficient,extremely perfect, extremely Roger Federer
03/18/2012 | 02:41 PM
Congratulations Roger. Amazing match, you defeated Nadal and also the nasty wheather conditions.
I wish you best luck against Isner. Keep on going Champ, compleate this fantastic week lifting up the Indian Wells trophy. Go, Go, Go!!!
03/18/2012 | 02:39 PM
Also very happy that you opened up a bigger margin to McMurray by getting to the final of IW while he was out in the second round or so.
03/18/2012 | 02:38 PM
If you keep up this fantastic playing I think you can pass Nadal this year to get number two and then........who knows......maybe to number one again??? We all hope and dream of it. Congratulations. It was a powerful performance, just fantastic shot-making and very few errors. Nadal looked very disgruntled. He doesn't like losing to you. Too bad - it's your turn now!
03/18/2012 | 02:38 PM
Great Roger, you are playing fantastic, lets win Indian Wells, and after that Miami, Madrid, Rom, Rolland Garros, Wimbledon, Toronto, Basel, Halle, Cincinatti, US Open and the ATP World Tour Final. This is YOUR YEAR, the great Roger Federer is back, the N1 is yours, good luck.
03/18/2012 | 02:37 PM
WooooHoooo, Congrats Federer!!!
Good Luck and you will get the title :)