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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 | 02:58 AM
hi my dear,
congratulations for your success again!
though i'm thai but i do really wish you win.
for i've watched tennis for more than thirty years so i know that u r the great and r able to handle it.
this time, to tell you the truth, i don't know
10/29/2006 | 02:46 AM
Roger:

Congratulations on getting to two finals in two weeks and good luck tomorrow. Much as your fans cannot get enough of your tennis and would love to see you play every week, it might be wise to rethink Paris.

It’s obvious that you feel you h
10/29/2006 | 02:38 AM
CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN, CHAMP!!!
PITY MY DREAM SWISS FINAL COULDN'T COME TRUE.
TODAY'S MATCH AGAINST PARADORN SRICH... WAS ACTUALLY BREATHTAKING!!!
BOTH PLAYED AN INCREDIBLE LEVEL AND THE MATCH WAS A FANTASTIC DISPLAY OF TECHNIQUE: A GREAT SHOW. I ENJO
10/29/2006 | 02:30 AM
Dear Roger, congratulations to be in the Final !!!

It's a difficult match with an sparkling Srichaphan today.

Now i understand how it is difficult to win constantly.

What are your SECRETS ?
An inner calm ? a courage not to fear of outcomes & l
10/29/2006 | 02:30 AM
Congrats on winning this hard fought semi. Must be amazing for you to play in front of your hometown. I wish you the very best for the final. Go Roger!
10/29/2006 | 02:14 AM
Close win, but still a win. CONGRATS AGAIN.
Well, one more match, hang in there. You know full well that Gonzalez is tired ( i think too, just my opinion), and thus you have an edge, so use that.
Wishing you energy, focus, great serves and shotmaking .
10/29/2006 | 02:05 AM
Congratulations on earning this tough victory, Roger! All the best to you in the final. What a treat it must be for your hometown fans to see you play!
10/29/2006 | 02:01 AM
Dear Roger,

congrats for reaching another final this year. You are really incredible. All respect to Paradorn for his match today, but of course we all are so glad and proud of you that you have won this encounter.
Good luck for the final against Fern
10/29/2006 | 01:58 AM
Great win Roger. It must have been tough as you must be tired by now. I hope you gets lots of rest and can play your best in the final.

Pam V. (Tampa, FL)
10/29/2006 | 01:56 AM
WOW!!!Roger it has been a very amazing match, and i was very worry 'cause I saw that my magic player was in difficulty!Anyway I'm very admired 'cause you've won the match with the hearth and the passion of all your supporters...Come on Roger!!!