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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 | 06:55 AM
congratz roger!!!
the way u came through such a tough match was amazing.
10/29/2006 | 06:40 AM
OMG,Roger. When I first saw the score,my heart beated out loud. I was extremely excited. I know I'm Thai. The others say that I should support Thai player,of course,I cheer him up when he plays against all players but you!
YOU ARE MY HERO FOREVER!
10/29/2006 | 06:09 AM
That was real close CHAMP! It was a relief to so see you come through. JUST ONE MORE MATCH CHAMP... LET'S GO!
BEST OF LUCK!
Rick from Toronto
10/29/2006 | 05:33 AM
congratulation,Roger.But I think you have been exhausted in Basel tournament. Please,Roger,I think you shouldn't take part in Paris PARIBAS tournament. I strongly want to see you with full health in MASTER SHANGHAI and become a champion.
But goodluck t
10/29/2006 | 05:28 AM
Good luck!
Best of luck!
I wish you will stay healthy all the way!
Love you forever
10/29/2006 | 05:11 AM
Dear Roger,

Good luck in the final
10/29/2006 | 05:08 AM
Congratulations
Good Luck Roger
10/29/2006 | 04:45 AM
Congratulations to u again Roger hehe great job at the end of the match!!!I'm always support you even though i'm Thai haha.I supposed to cheer Paradorn but i don't because i love you haha.

Enny, your biggest fan
10/29/2006 | 03:50 AM
Dear Roger,


Congratulations! Great match with Srichaphan. It was breathtaking sometimes not in a good way for us fans. Good luck on final Sunday. Please consider thinning your schedule for the rest of the season. But of course you know the best.

10/29/2006 | 02:58 AM
Wow Roger a bit of a scare, but one again you did it im so proud of you . Good on you Mate.
Well i wish you luck in the finals 2moro and i know you will do you best. Win that first home title. One again GOOD LUCK :-)
ANTHEA