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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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10/28/2012 | 03:35 AM
Congratulations Roger.
All the best tomorrow, and hoping you will hoist the trophy in your home town again!:)
10/28/2012 | 02:20 AM
Felicidades Roger!!!!
Sera una gran final, otra vez contra DelPo, a el lo queremos por ser latino y cuando juega (si no estas tu) es nuestro favorito. Pero contigo, no. Somos tus fans siempre, sorry Juan Martin.
Eres elmejor y manana queremos festejar contigo tu sexto trofeo en tu casa.
Te queremos
10/28/2012 | 01:57 AM
10/28/2012 | 01:53 AM
Well done Roger, just one more match to go, YOU CAN DO IT! Del Potro is tricky but you can beat him, we all want you to win and keep on winning.........
Love to you and yours,
Susan xx
10/28/2012 | 01:49 AM
Congrats Roger!
You can win against Del Potro. Stay focused and play your game.
Enjoy it and have fun.
10/28/2012 | 01:39 AM
Wishing you Good Luck in the final Roger, go get that trophy :)
10/28/2012 | 01:26 AM
Congratulations my champ!!!, well done, all the best of luck against del potro,
Keep firm from beginning to end and i am confident that you will win !!!
10/28/2012 | 01:15 AM
Congratulations on another Basel final Roger! So great that you are playing del Po - he's such a nice man and excellent tennis player. You're right, he is playing well and can be very difficult to beat. I wish I could watch this match, it's sure to be a good one! Best of luck to you!

10/28/2012 | 12:52 AM
Excellent Roger!!!

My dear you being playing so beautiful! Amazing display of capacity in every aspect, you are moving great and 10 aces! Great too. It is absolutely delightful to see you play. I'm sorry I couldn't write yesterday, just when I was about to my internet connection crashed, fortunately it is back on.

All the best for the final. How exciting! Fight for it! It is just one more. You can do it! Aim to kill! Come on!!!

Have fun and take care.

I love you Roger!
xoxoxoxo :D
10/28/2012 | 12:39 AM
Well played Feds thank you for the pleasure of another great match. Wishing you the very best of luck for your match with Delpotro. "COME ON FEDS"