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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 | 06:14 PM
All the best, Roger!!!
03/18/2012 | 06:09 PM
now, let's avenge that last Davis Cup loss by sending ISNER home today, champ~!

ALLEZ!
03/18/2012 | 06:06 PM
It was so worth it waiting up to 1am at home to watch your spectacular match (I knew it wouldn't rain forever over there, or was hoping so).

Annoying too were the rain interruptions, but AKWARD was the one before the match point AND WORSE was Nadal's need to go to the toilet at 5|4 in 2nd set...funny guy...

I guess Isner is a bit tired and not 100% confident. YOU will find out his weaknesses yourself, I'm pretty sure.

uRFantastic, uRFabulous and at this final uRFavourite!

uRFan kuetsc
03/18/2012 | 06:03 PM
I hold the tears to watch your confidence back. It will encourge all of us to live the same way.

Roger, thank you
03/18/2012 | 05:57 PM
roger stay focused!!! beat lesnar!!!
03/18/2012 | 05:54 PM
congrats! what a great BEATDOWN, however, MENTAL this really really wuz: ROGER, U CAN DO THIS ALL THE TIME VERSUS THAT MALLORCAN APE, IF U FAIL TO BEAT YOURSELF, THAT IS...

we ALL believe that....
we ALL knew that...

U FINALLY MADE A BELIEVER OUT OF YOURSELF, LIKE HAH~!!
03/18/2012 | 05:40 PM
Amazing win Roger!Simply the best Roger!Good luck in the final with John!Come on MAESTRO!For me you will always be number 1!Come on My Champ!
03/18/2012 | 05:36 PM
Dear Roger you don't know what your win means to me, I played yesterday my self a final in a Tennis tournament and lost in three sets, but I thougth does not matter if I loose if Roger beats Nadal, and when you did it was better than winning the final yesterday my self, thank you for making this for me, now please win your 19 ATP 1000 tournament beat and get even with Isner. You are the best.
Mike CC
03/18/2012 | 05:34 PM
Amazing match against Nadal, I´m so happy, you really made my day, and of course today you will be so brilliant like yesterday.Come on dear Roger!!!
03/18/2012 | 05:31 PM
Hey Roger -

Am watching the replay of last evening's battle with Rafa and really getting to savor your play in this match. So many brilliant shots -- it's a great strategy, which sometimes takes you out of your comfort zone and so hard to maintain when you have to fight your instinct to go to what is comfortable. The execution is amazing to watch and so many nuances that I see today watching it again that I missed last night.

Well done, Roger. Best wishes against John.

xxoo - Steelady