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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 | 12:23 AM
Well Done Roger-Congratulations.
You are just always so consistent.
You will win-but ever so slightly over Del Po. I am sure.
He is a dangerous player, but you can do this.
Another Title in your repotoire of special Wins would be ever so ncie for you.
Good Luck
ALL THE BEST.
XX
10/28/2012 | 12:02 AM
Hi Roger. Congratulations for today. Like Tina sang: You're simply the best, better than all the rest, better than anyone else, anyone I've ever met!! Good luck tomorrow against Juan Martin. It will not be an easy match. Delpo is really good. Although you won all the matches against him this year, it doesn't mean you will win tomorrow easy. But you will win. Stay calm, focust, play honest and give it your all. Work hard and go for every ball. I believe in you. You can and will do it. Love you!!!
10/27/2012 | 11:34 PM
Well done! One more for the title!
10/27/2012 | 11:21 PM
Well done Roger and best of luck tomorrow against Del Potro. You so deserve to lift your home trophy yet again. Love, Liz x
10/27/2012 | 11:03 PM
WELL, WELL, WELL, YOU JUST DID IT, YOU KEPT CONCENTRATED, STRONG, WITH THE IDEA TO WIN, A VERY NICE MATCH, SUSPENSE TO 5-5, A GOOD BREAK AND 7-5, THE SECOND SET WAS GOOD AGAIN, YOU EVEN COULD HAVE SMILE, AND THAN 6-4, CONGRATULATIONS AND MANY THANKS, I DO ENJOY YOUR BEAUTIFUL WAY TO PLAY, NOW DELPO, WE NOW HE CAN BE DANGEROUS, KEEP STRONG. YOU CAN
10/27/2012 | 10:53 PM
Well done O GREAT ONE another good game,hope it all goes well for you Sunday be lucky and stay well x
10/27/2012 | 10:49 PM
It was another beautiful win, Roger ! Thank you for the joy !
Best of the best to you tomorrow against DelPo...
The trophy is waiting for you once again !
Allez Rogi !
10/27/2012 | 10:35 PM
All the best for the final oh handsome one.

Enjoy winning on home turf...love you Mr F

Kisses
:))
M
10/27/2012 | 10:31 PM
where you can watch the game tomorrow, which is not on the internet?
10/27/2012 | 10:20 PM
Well done, Roger. Looking forward to seeing you hold the trophy again in your home town.xxx