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1000th Match

24.01.2012 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger defeated Juan Martin Del Potro with ease today, winning his 1000th match on the ATP Tour 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. The impressive performance secured him a spot in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

"I thought it was a great match," Roger said. "I'm happy. It was tough, with the sun and shade creeping across the court. Del Potro is a quality player and I was able to manoeuvre the ball around the court. I hope I can keep it up."

Roger had a fabulous start, racing to a 4-1 lead within just 22 minutes. Argentina's Del Porto needed  an enourmous effort to battle back and level it at 4-4. But Roger came back just then, winning the next six out of seven games. After 1 hour 59 minutes our champ then made everthing clear upon his first match-ball. 

In the semis on Thursday, Roger will play the winner of the match between Rafael Nadal (ATP 2) and Tomas Berdych (ATP 7). It is the ninth time in series (since 2004) that Roger plays the semis at the season's first grand slam.

 
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