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The season's last final - with Roger!

18.11.2006 | Tennis

Roger produced a masterclass of tennis today, beating world number two Rafael Nadal 6-4, 7-5, to reach the final of the Masters Cup for the fourth year in a row.

 

Our Swiss star produced an impressive performance to get past the fired-up Spaniard and will play either David Nalbandian, who beat him to win the title last year, or James Blake on Sunday.

Nadal had won six of the pair's previous eight meetings, but Roger dominated from the off and dictated the tempo throughout the match. He wrapped up the contest with a sublime crosscourt winner on his third match point after just under two hours to extend his winning streak to 28 games.

 
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11/19/2006 | 05:45 AM
I think there needs to be a percentile system for rankings - considering the unprecedented, high polarization in excellence, in Tennis today. Honestly I believe that the 2nd to (at least) 8th ranks are empty in today's tennis (2004-06). There is such a di
11/19/2006 | 05:33 AM
Oh Dear Roger, Thank you very much.
I know how much relaxed you are now, and believe that I'm the same.
Anyway, you showed that Nadal is someone like others, and nothing special.
Now I'm just waiting for you to win at Roland Garos, something quite poss
11/19/2006 | 05:20 AM
Those were mind blowing moments of tennis and they had to belong to your game against Nadal. Brilliant's the word. Keep going! I'm sure you'll win the Masters Cup!
11/19/2006 | 05:00 AM
I'm so happy , Roger
a forever fan
Deb
11/19/2006 | 04:58 AM
Congrats Roger. A straight setter ... wow! that said a lot. And .... what a winner!!! Astounding. ("Kalakkitta" - in the language Tamil)

Hope it is another straight setter in the final.
11/19/2006 | 04:48 AM
Congratulations! ROGER!!!
The yesterday's match was very wonderful!!Roger when I play a game is really cool!!! The last was decided on a Blake. I am excited at this match very much. I hope that your best performance is seen as always, and I hope that it
11/19/2006 | 04:46 AM
Congreatulation !!!!
I hope you will win this title.
Good Luck for final.
11/19/2006 | 04:45 AM
Great match...what a nail biter!! Glad you won Roger. :) :)

Cheers,
Hollywood
11/19/2006 | 04:42 AM
great one Roger! I guess you've already found the key to counter Nadal's game. You limited the passing shots of Rafa. Great game! Looking forward for another great match tonight!
11/19/2006 | 04:37 AM
That match was awesome, Roger. I had followed the score as much as I could bear on livescoring and was overjoyed when I peaked and you had finally won.

But I didn't expect the spectacular shotmaking you and Nadal produced when I watched the tape-delaye