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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 | 01:54 AM
Nearly there Roger - stay strong for your dream and hold the trophy high, you deserve it. Afterwards rest before Shanghai. Our thoughts will be with you from the U.K.
10/29/2006 | 01:54 AM
*phew* that was just a little too close, wasn't it? but at least Roger will be playing in yet another final, and this one right there in his backyard, so to speak. it's cool that he'll be playing Fernando again. i quite liked their celebration after Roger
10/29/2006 | 01:20 AM
It's not easy Roger but keep performing well! We love you Roger, we do!!!
10/29/2006 | 01:13 AM
Hi, Roger,
I was a bit shocked this match was so close.
I couln't watch it here in Vancouver,TSN may not have enough channel for Tennis right now.
Roger,
you r so great as always,but I worry about your schedule; u have so tight one in this three wee
10/29/2006 | 12:57 AM
You seemed very nervous to do well in front of your fans.Please relax tomorrow and play your best tennis. I know you want to win this one badly and you can. You are number one with all tennis fans. Good Luck Roger
10/29/2006 | 12:51 AM
Heartfelt Congratulations, Finalist!

You're soooo close now. May you embrace your dream of winning your hometown final tomorrow! You certainly play tough when it counts showing why you're No. 1!

Best to you and your marvelous team,

Mary K
10/29/2006 | 12:23 AM
Whew. You're through, man! Rest well tonight, and may God bless you! Take your first Basel title!

Cheers,
Joreen :-D
10/29/2006 | 12:20 AM
i can't believe the unfairness that the tournament in basel isn't being shown live on any of the cable-tv sports channels here in pakistan, so i can't say that i watched you battle it out :( but i followed each point on 'live scores' on the internet and a
10/29/2006 | 12:15 AM
Some of your fans suggest you skip Paris. Paris is expecting you. You must be a man who fulfills his committments, so I know you won't pull what Nadal did by not showing up for Basel at the last minute. Be a man of your word. Win Basel tomorrow (what
10/29/2006 | 12:14 AM
Good luck for the final.. But you will make the 11° title, I'm sure..