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Basel final

27.10.2012 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger  will  bid for his sixth trophy from seven editions of his home Swiss Indoors after defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5, 6-4 in the semi-finals today. The world No 1 will line up for the seventh time this season against Argentine danger man Juan Martin del Potro, who reached his second final in succession with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Frenchman Richard Gasquet.Top seed Roger’s win over Mathieu, a fellow over-30 player, saw the home star send down 10 aces without facing a break point in just under 90 minutes. "I'm very happy to be in this final again," said our champ who leads the ATP with six trophies this season and is fighting to finish the year as No 1."I've been serving really well. A lot of things have gone my way this week, it's been good so far. The final will be tough, even if I've beaten Del Potro so many times. We always have difficult matches including five sets at the French Open and 19-17 in the Olympics. He's playing well so I'll have to be ready." Roger won his ninth Basel semi-final from 10 played, with his lone loss at this stage coming to Argentine David Nalbandian a decade ago.The Swiss also moved alongside John McEnroe for fourth place in the post-1968 Open era with 875 career match wins.

Roger, chasing his sixth title in seven years at his hometown event, fired 10 aces and never allowed 101st-ranked Mathieu a break-point chance.Excellent anticipation at the net put our champ into position to hit a volleyed winner to create two set points in the first which he clinched with a forehand winner. Roger moved his opponent around the court in the final game before putting away an overhead to earn match point, and sealed his victory when Mathieu netted a two-handed backhand.Roger did not have to face one break point against Mathieu, converting two of the four that came his way to ease into the final.

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11/06/2012 | 05:13 PM
Next great match! So easy and perfect! GOO ROGER!!! GOO!!!
10/28/2012 | 05:55 PM
* I mean good luck at World Tour finals. was a close match today... Keep smiling always :)
10/28/2012 | 05:54 PM
Well played, Roger.. We are always with you, play well at World Tour finals..

Good to know, that you will be #1 on this monday also ----


Allez Roger.. Love you :)...
10/28/2012 | 05:39 PM
Close game! Don't feel bad, as you have said, "a couple of minutes can change everything". Just one break in the first set. A couple of break points you had, that you were not able to convert, and not good last set tie breaker. Next week, another tournament, good luck!
10/28/2012 | 05:26 PM
So sad you lost today, dearest Roger, and it was in your home town, but just one of those things. It's always a privilege to watch you play, you are the very best, and so much looking forward to your next tournament. Commiserations for today, and much love to you and all your family.
10/28/2012 | 05:08 PM
My dearest Maestro, thank you for still playing for all of us . It is a tough match and you tried your best. Love you so much. Please do not worry, Please rest up and see you soon. I hope you take some time off and only play WTF. I think we have seen you accomplished what you wanted this year. It is a great year. Best to you . Love always.
10/28/2012 | 05:04 PM
I'm so sorry for you Roger!Good luck to Paris!Come on MAESTRO!GOD BE WITH YOU!
10/28/2012 | 04:56 PM
10/28/2012 | 04:55 PM
It is what it is, right? We love you Roger!
10/28/2012 | 04:54 PM
DAMN, good fight back do.. shame of third set..you couldn't convert any of those breakpoints, nevertheless well done champ, next time better, saying importantly paris, atp world tour finals..!!! :)
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