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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 | 10:58 AM
Dear Roger,

I just watched the video showing the match with Tim Henman a few years back www1.sf.tv/sfsport/einzel.php?catid=sportschonvergessen.

You shed a few tears after losing to Tim. You were young then but from it i can see this title means a l
10/29/2006 | 10:20 AM
Big Big Big congractz for you Roger..............
once again u prove that u r da Regal................
goooooooooooooooooood luck and keeeeeeeeeep going.....
concentrate and take this title champ....
best wishes.........
10/29/2006 | 10:07 AM
Go Roger go!
10/29/2006 | 10:02 AM
What a match! When you were down 5-3, I knew you would win the match. You have the best nerves. I'm sure you'll win the final.
Good luck.
10/29/2006 | 09:42 AM
Do take care of yourself dear~~
You really should have a good rest!
10/29/2006 | 09:41 AM
A very tough match!

Congratulations Roger!

Now beat Gonzalez again and get your first Basel trophy! Come on!
10/29/2006 | 09:27 AM
roger you were perfect yesterday at tiebreak i was very anxious but at the end i was cheering for you you are the best good luck against gonzalez(you beat him one week ago i am sure that you can do it again ;) )
10/29/2006 | 09:11 AM
Wow Great Work!! Never give up and believe. Way to go Roger.

Cheers!
10/29/2006 | 07:27 AM
Hello Roger
From all reports your SF against Paradorn Srichapan should have been the final--what a shame that the Basel torunament has not been televised in Aust.
I think that we all enjoy exciting matches from the worlds no1 not only to watch brilliant
10/29/2006 | 07:26 AM
Hello Roger
From all reports your SF against Paradorn Srichapan should have been the final--what a shame that the Basel torunament has not been televised in Aust.
I think that we all enjoy exciting matches from the worlds no1 not only to watch brilliant
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