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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 | 10:38 PM
Congratulations! You have done it again and I have always believed you can. You are the best player ever!
03/18/2012 | 10:13 PM
YES YES YES,!!!!!!!
YOUVE GOT THE FIRST ROG.
TAKE HIM DOWN
COME ON
XX
03/18/2012 | 10:04 PM
WHAT A GREAT TENNIS YOU PLAYED ROGER

I ALWAYS KNEW YOU CAN BEAT ANY PLAYER

DON`T FORGET THAT ..YOU ARE THE KING OF ALL TIME

YOU ARE MY DEAR .......MY CHAMP......YOU ARE THE GREATEST

I`M VERY VERY HAPPY .......THANKS GOD.....THANKS ROGER

COME ON BEAT ISNER.......BEAT THEM ALL

YOU ARE A WONDERFUL PERSON.......

I DON`T KNOW HOW I LOVE YOU.......

I LOVE SO SO SO MUCH.....

NO BODY CAN BE ROGER FEDERER...........
03/18/2012 | 08:52 PM
Congrats Roger! of course I hope you win the tournament, but, just to be absolutely sincere, that you have defeated Nadal and in the way you did, playing THE BEST OF YOUR BEST!!!! was the greatest happiness I could have got and I thank you for giving me and all your fans such an inmense satisfaction: YOU CHANGED MY SATURDAY!!!! All the best for today, I love you, Beatriz Milano
03/18/2012 | 08:52 PM
Congrats Roger! of course I hope you win the tournament, but, just to be absolutely sincere, that you have defeated Nadal and in the way you did, playing THE BEST OF YOUR BEST!!!! was the greatest happiness I could have got and I thank you for giving me and all your fans such an inmense satisfaction: YOU CHANGED MY SATURDAY!!!! All the best for today, I love you, Beatriz Milano
03/18/2012 | 08:47 PM
What an amazing match!!! So great service, forehand and backhand!!! And perfect last ace!!! GO to Isner!!! GOOO ROGER!!! GOOO!!!
03/18/2012 | 08:26 PM
Thank you King for this great mach and good luck in the final.
You are the best we love you.
03/18/2012 | 08:17 PM
Dear Roger,

What a great match you played rigth from the start especially with the tough conditions. It was again no problem to stay awake I won't have missed one shot.

All the best for tonigths match hope it will be you're 19th master trophy.
But no matter what happens it was fantastic to see you play at such a high level again even more while you suffer from a flu.

Also good to see Mirka again hope she can come tonigth

Margriet
03/18/2012 | 08:04 PM
Congratulations Roger!! All the best in the Final
03/18/2012 | 07:52 PM
What a great match that you played, Roger. You turned back the clock. I can't remember that last time that I enjoyed a match so much. Good luck against the serving machine.