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Nerves of steel II

28.10.2006 | Tennis

Roger was pushed by Paradorn Srichaphan (ATP 54), to a most narrow 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) victory in Basel. It was his 23rd straight match and Roger had his home crowd roaring several times as he almost faced defeat.

 

Srichaphan showed a most constant performance and challenged Roger throughout the entire match. Overcoming a few lows, Roger also displayed some magic at times and once again proved that his nerves are as good as it gets.

 

Runner-up at the Swiss Indoors in 2000 and 2001, Roger has never captured a title at his hometown. He missed this event that last two years because of injury. So let’s hope he can go all the way tomorrow. Roger has scored 24 aces so far, for each of which the local Bank Sarasin will donate CHF 1,000, or approx. 630 euros, for a good cause.

 

Roger will be playing Fernando Gonzalez (ATP 7) in the final in Basel. The Chilean improved to 4-0 all-time against the second remaining Swiss player, Stanislas Wawrinka, who had upset the second- seeded David Nalbandian in Friday's quarterfinals. 

 

Gonzalez, the Basel defending champion, downed unseeded Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday to reach his third straight final. In addition to Madrid, Gonzalez reached the finale in Vienna, but is still trying to capture his first title of the season.

 
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10/29/2006 | 02:52 PM
yeaH THAT WAS a close one!!
but its allright coz u got him..though srichapan is a good player
but no one can get you and u have to give ur full attention to this open because it is ur sountry n here goes ur chance to win it for the first time in ur life
10/29/2006 | 02:13 PM
Congrats on your close win good luck in the final! Been reading the comments posted by your fans, you have some terrific fans! Can't wait for the masters from Paris as it will be broadcast here and I can watch it!
Peg
10/29/2006 | 02:03 PM
Good luck Roger
XXX
10/29/2006 | 01:48 PM
a close call but in the end u did it. it would have been disappointing if u had lost in your hometown. keep yo head high and win the final tomorrow. the swiss must be proud of you.
10/29/2006 | 01:44 PM
Dear Roger, congratulations on a hard fought victory. You certainly showed that you are made of tough stuff and that you never give up, but fight to the very end with a belief in your abilities. A true champion not only wins easy, he also needs to be abl
10/29/2006 | 01:17 PM
Well, another Gonzales final.
I think we all should not worry
Who is going to win this tournament hum..

Take a good rest and care

Keep your eyes on the prize!

Best Regards and the good of luck,
Alberta
10/29/2006 | 12:53 PM
Kia Ora Roger,
I haven't posted since before the Madrid final so congratulations on a successful final and win. I enjoyed the finals presentation particularly the celebratory champagne fizz 'fight' with Gonzalez.
I have been keeping up with your homet
10/29/2006 | 12:05 PM
Dear Roger

Congratulations to Roger!!!!!

It's an exciting match (live on UBC,Thailand) ,Roger and Paradorn were so close until the last tiebreak,You got a bit of luck because of Praradorn's serve didn't work.

10/29/2006 | 11:10 AM
well done roger...yesterday you played a good match...above all in the important moments of the match!it was a tough match also because srichapan played an increible tennis!today against gonzalez,i don't think that the match will be easy like in madrid...
10/29/2006 | 11:09 AM
well done roger...yesterday you played a good match...above all in the important moments of the match!it was a tough match also because srichapan played an increible tennis!today against gonzalez,i don't think that the match will be easy like in madrid...
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