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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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10/27/2012 | 08:22 PM
Roger, great match! Congratulations first! You did the necessary with Mathieu. Good first set, what a fight,great break. The second too, but 6-4 it's better than an other 7-5. So, i think tomorrow with Del Potro will be an exciting match, not so easy, but we all hope you can win again Basel. It's important for you, and for us. So good luck, play relaxed, play like the Federer who won Wimbledon. Good luck again. GO ROGER!
10/27/2012 | 08:08 PM
Dearest Roger - THE GENIUS

Wow Wow Wow !!! Simply SPECTACULAR, Maestro !!!

Congrats, you set another RECORD of 875th career match wins
and pulling alongside John McEnroe - the 4th BEST total in the Open Era.

This is your 68th victory of this year, I am thrilled, marvelous !
I hope you can lift the Trophy tomorrow in your lovely hometown crowd.

I wish you the best of luck against Delpo, come on you can do it, CHAMP !

We all love you !!!

GOD bless
10/27/2012 | 08:07 PM
Del Potro is playing well, but if you play your normal game with determination and confidence, you can beat him,please add more power to your main weapon
Wish you all the best
10/27/2012 | 08:04 PM
Congratulations Roger!Good luck in the final with Martin!Come on MAESTRO!GOD BE WITH YOU!
10/27/2012 | 08:01 PM
Well played Roger, good luck for the finals.... Just now, saw the pics & highlights of your win ---


Allez Roger.....
10/27/2012 | 07:50 PM
Congratulations dear Roger !!!!!!!
Best of luck in the final !!!!!!
God bless you.
10/27/2012 | 07:44 PM
Congrats Roger, great win! #875! Good luck in the final! :)
10/27/2012 | 07:41 PM
Yess ! another Final for you Champ ! Not easy, but just grab it, it's yours !
You're the best !
10/27/2012 | 07:27 PM
Perfect! I knew you would win! best of luck in the final!
Best Wishes!
10/27/2012 | 07:22 PM
Felicidades mi querido Roger!!!

Ganaste y estas en la final de mañana contra Del Potro.
Lamentablemente no pasan el partido, pero te estaré alentando desde Perú, a través de mi PC.

Mantente firme hasta el final, tú puedes lograr todos tus objetivos. DELPO, es un rival difícil; sabes como vencerlo, estoy segura de eso. Muchos éxitos para la final de Basilea. Confiamos en tí, y en tu gran experiencia ganar los partidos contra JM. Bravo mi Roger y gánale otra vez. GO, ROGER, GOOOOO