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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 | 04:43 PM
Although I didnt have chance to watch this match. But I believe that you will win!!!!Really happy to hear the news~!:)
03/18/2012 | 04:41 PM
You are really impressing Roger... Impressing of patience, of determination, of mental strength, most impressive when overcoming your fears, of flexibility and adaptability, of grace and style.... Your are the MAN, you made us so happy, so proud and most of it you are a great example and inspiration in life...
Merci beaucoup Roger et Bravo. Continue comme cela...Tu dois tout détruire sur ton passage, sois sans pitié pour tes adversaires, gagne sans partage...Et réalise à nouveau l'inimaginab
03/18/2012 | 04:40 PM
Amazing, awesome, flawless performance by the maestro. Just one more match to go champ. So happy that you beat Nadal so convincingly. It is time to get revenge from Isner on your Davis Cup loss. Goooooooooooooo Roger. Stay healthy and keep focused. All the very best for the final. I will be praying for you like always/

love and kisses,
03/18/2012 | 04:38 PM
I cannot tell you how happy I was Roger over your win with Rafa. You are playing so beautifully. You have played Isner before so you know what to expect. May the tennis Gods be with you today. GO ROPGER!!!!
03/18/2012 | 04:35 PM
What is so impressing is that it is so hard in a sport like tennis to emerge, possibly reach the top and than stay at the top... You did it once like almost no one else... But then inevitably time goes on and newcomers arrive with the same desire... The contexte changes with him the patterns of the game and its challenges... And here you are again, emerging and finding your way back to the top of the game...
03/18/2012 | 04:30 PM
Roggy Rog!!!! You are THE MAN!!! It's so easy to analyze and state what you should do! But is so much more to put it in action...and you did it...so perfectly! You are amazing Roger! Not more your tennis than your ability to adapt, to improve, to reinvent yourself, to evolve... You have been really strong in the process you are in...physically, tennis wise and mostly mentally! You are so in the right direction... Keep going it's far from done! You are setting the foundation of your new era...
03/18/2012 | 04:25 PM
03/18/2012 | 04:24 PM
Dear Roger
Congratulations!!Your play was perfect for Nadal.
Good luck against Isner !!
with Love Yumiko (^v^)
03/18/2012 | 04:21 PM
03/18/2012 | 04:19 PM
Congratulations, Roger. It certainly was "wild and wet"....loved it!
Now it is payback time --- go get Isner!!!