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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 | 07:47 PM
You beating Nadal make me win my weekend !
I really enjoyed seeing you play yesterday. The first tennis match I saw was you against Djokovic back in US '08. It's overwhelming to see, since then, you're just been improving !
Now, I'm sure you'll win today against Isner.
I'm gonna be cheering for you, just like all of your fans :)
You're the greatest, no matter what!

Best of luck!
03/18/2012 | 07:29 PM
Thank you, Roger, for this week of brilliant tennis, and for your shining example of persistence and stamina.

You are a beacon of enlightenment !
03/18/2012 | 07:28 PM
that is amazing victory Roger well done?
03/18/2012 | 07:22 PM
03/18/2012 | 07:22 PM
awesome job roger, especially with the tough conditions. you didn't let up, and your shots were crisp and powerful. God bless on the final tonight!
03/18/2012 | 07:21 PM
Dearest and Greatest Roger:

You fought elegantly & gallantly & won conquering all, the wind, the rain, your opponent & his tricks to throw u off track when all else failed (like bathrm emergency before you served for the match).. We're in awe and overcome with joy for u. Congrats. dear Roger and Best of Luck in the Final. I know you'll come in with a clever game plan to neutralize the big server today.. Alles Roger .. luv u tons

Your loyal fan Grace
03/18/2012 | 07:19 PM
Wonderful! Wonderful!! Wonderful!!! x
03/18/2012 | 07:18 PM
Dear Roger
Congratulations again my Champ. Hope you'll continue your best play and lift the trophy today! You can do it, you are the best yennis player ever seen. I pray God to keep you healthy and give you enough strength mental and physical!
Wish you all the best and good luck dearest Roger!
Go, Roger, gooooooo!
Love, Mimi
03/18/2012 | 07:03 PM
Toll gespielt ! Ich wünsche Dir wirklich, daß Du dieses Jahr alles erreichst was Du Dir vorgenommen hast. Der Sieg gegen Rafa ist ein Superanfang auf dem Weg zur Goldmedaille !
03/18/2012 | 07:00 PM
Hi Roger!!!
This victory is very special, the most incredible of all, neither rain, wind or flu that would impede his victory. You're awesome playing under adverse conditions and overcome it with great determination and brilliant talent. Keep this great lion!!! All you achievement is well deserved and truly amazing!!! Good luck to the final today!!!