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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 | 07:07 PM
Congratulations Roger!
10/27/2012 | 07:03 PM
Congrats on getting to the final, though to be honest it was more of a plod than a cruise. Still, great serving and you did what you had to do. Very good luck for tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you in Bercy if you play there and, of course, the 02.
10/27/2012 | 06:56 PM
Best Luck tomorrow! Hope the home crowd will cheer you on , as are all your other fans who can't be there in person.
10/27/2012 | 06:54 PM
Hey Roger,

Congrats for the another final. Good luck against big guy.

Don't put too much pressure and too much harm to your body and mind this 3 weeks for year end no. 1, OK? I know you want to finish as 1 and I hope you will too but if it doesn't happen, don't disappoint too much... It will be so hard to play top level tennis three straight weeks especially at London if you wear yourself out before even arrive there. You don't need to prove to anyone... Be well, Champ...
10/27/2012 | 06:53 PM
Great match Rog, some wonderful shots as usual. Del Potro will be tougher of course, but I feel you're going to lift that trophy. Love ya! xxxxx
10/27/2012 | 06:51 PM
Great job today, Champ - I look forward to watching the final tomorrow. Best of luck!
10/27/2012 | 06:46 PM
Well played Roger, good luck for the finals.... Just now, saw the pics & highlights of your win ---


allez Roger.....
10/27/2012 | 06:44 PM
Rogi, Rogi, Rogi, you will have to work harder tomorrow against Delpo, but you can do it. So far, PeRFect and you will be better than peRFect tomorrow. Lots of love and luck for tomorrow and I am looking forward to seeing you with that trophy! Allezzzz
10/27/2012 | 06:43 PM
Great job today, Champ - I look forward to watching the final tomorrow. Best of luck!
10/27/2012 | 06:41 PM
Congratulations, dearest Roger, for making the final! I watched you play live today and am going to watch you live again tomorrow.
Please show us your beautiful tennis against Deplo tomorrow.
Best of luck!
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