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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 | 06:58 PM
Just finished watching the Nadal match on tape--Terrific!!!! We are certainly rooting for you today!!
03/18/2012 | 06:57 PM
Dear Roger: I'm sooo happy for you!!
Congratulations Champ!
And remember that you are Roger Federer...the GOAT!! The best forever!
With that in your mind, no one can beat you.
Thank you for the great moments and happynnes you give to the world!!
Love you
03/18/2012 | 06:56 PM
Oh God Roger that was of the most satisfying wins of your I have ever seen!!!! You are fabulous, wonderful, spectacular, AWESOME!!!!! THE GREATEST TENNIS PLAYER OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
03/18/2012 | 06:48 PM
Such a spectacular win, Roger, under adverse conditions !
You accomplished what you came to do...put your nemesis in his rightful place and you did it in style ! Congratulations Dear champ !!! I am so proud of you and so happy for you ! now on to the final and the trophy !!!
03/18/2012 | 06:44 PM
Champ, u had the HARDEST DRAW by far: 1st w/ RAONIC, then w/ DELPO, next w/ RN...so, ISNER is just another guy in the final instead of that DJOKER is all~!

C'monnnn, just 1 mo' win to equalling that MASTERS 1000 record now...
03/18/2012 | 06:43 PM
Congrats and good luck in the final!
03/18/2012 | 06:42 PM
What a match yesterday I had to hunt thru all the sports channels to find you. and was it worth it you were magnificent again. Hope the weather is good today and you will come out the winner against Isner. play as well as you have been playing and you will great as one of your number one fans I will be rooting loud and clear.
03/18/2012 | 06:41 PM
Outstanding performance to beat Rafa in such tough conditions! I enjoyed so much watching you play so efficiently, focused and dominant. Congratulations champ.
Today you come back to the IW final against a difficult opponent. Isner is full of confidence and he defeated u some weeks ago. However, I feel you are in good shape, feeling mentally and physically powerful.
I wish you all the best for the match and, luckily, we will get delighted watching you winning again. All the best, Roger. COME ON
03/18/2012 | 06:25 PM
GREAT TACTICAL-MENTAL WIN HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mnhB6w5u_E
03/18/2012 | 06:24 PM
Common Champ!
Do it For You Your family and Friend
For Switzerland and for us!
Pleease Pleease REVENGE!