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Epic five-set win

19.01.2008 | Tennis

Roger raised the tension to the max today as his opponent, 49th seed Tipsarevic, put on an incredible four-and-a-half hour display. "What a great battle," Roger said after the match. "This is where you get grey hair early in life. Pity for him, but what a great victory for me." Our star has made it to round four with Saturday's 6-7, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1, 10-8 victory over Serb Janko Tipsarevic.

 

The first two sets were decided by tie-break, Tipsaravic won the first, inflicting Roger's first opening set loss since 2006, but he took the second tie-break with some ease. Still, Roger, who has been suffering with gastric illness, was unable to find his rhythm and made a series of unforced errors to allow the intense Dostoevsky-reading Tipsarevic to pull away, and eventually win, the third set 5-7.

 

"He was just going for his shots and kept making them," Roger commented, "in the end, I just tried to block out all the chances I missed." Ironically, the strain told most on Tipsarevic who, still feeling the effects of a marathon first round game against Joseph Sirianni, suddenly looked leg-weary. Roger took  the fourth set 6-1 with comanding ease to set up a thrilling finale.

 
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