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Roger soars into semis

08.11.2012 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger continued to lord it with a straight-sets victory over David Ferrer. The defending champion is the first man to confirm his passage into the knockout rounds, though he does still need to beat Juan Martin del Potro tomorrow to make sure that he finishes top of his group. While Group A has been tightly contested, Group B resembles the nearby landscape of South-East London, with Roger looming over his would-be rivals like the Shard. He proved that again on Thursday at the Barclays ATP tournament, beating David Ferrer 6-4, 7-6 and advancing to the semi-finals with a group match to spare despite struggling with his serve and scrambling to stay in the long rallies.

"I've been very successful over the years. Probably won most titles indoors, maybe more than all the other guys combined," said our champ, who called it a natural surface for him. "But that doesn't make me the best this week." Roger made only 53 percent of his first serves against Ferrer. And in his first two service games alone, he was forced to save six break points. But he did save them, and three others, while getting broken only once."I definitely needed a good second serve, especially in the first set," Roger said. "I didn't have that many serves in play the way I wanted to. Either the rhythm was off a bit or I wasn't pushing enough with the legs or whatever it might have been. Ferrer showed why he's so tough to beat. He makes you hit the extra shot. He makes it physical". You know that mentally he's not going to go anywhere." With the victory, Roger improved his record over Ferrer to 14-0. In 10 years of facing each other, Ferrer has won only three sets against the 17-time Grand Slam champion.Roger is looking for his seventh title at the season-ending event for the top eight players in the world. He is chasing his 3rd straight title at the O2 Arena.

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11/08/2012 | 08:46 PM
Brilliant !!!!!!!!!! Not seen the game yet, but can't wait to watch it later. Best of luck for the next match.
Loads of Love
Christine xxxxxxxxxxxx
11/08/2012 | 08:42 PM
Congrats champ :) make sure you'll stay in shape ;)
11/08/2012 | 08:29 PM
Dear Roger
Congratulations! It's a great success, though I was not watching the match I'm sure you played your best! You are so brave and I'm thankful for this important win!
I hope you'll be healthy and fit enough for Delpo!Take a good rest dear Roger and prepare yourself for the SF!
Wish you all the best and good luck dearest Roger!
Go, Roger, gooooooooooooooooooo!
Love, Mimi
11/08/2012 | 08:28 PM
Fantastic! Good luck in your next match. x
11/08/2012 | 08:27 PM
Well Played Champ, corgrats for reaching WTF semis, keep going.. ALLEZ Roger..
11/08/2012 | 08:23 PM
Good match Rogi - Ferrer high in confidence at the moment and always tough, despite H2H disparity, so great you won in two sets and thus through to SF. Hope you can regain your winning streak against Del Potro.
Love your 'royal' purple outfit: classy and elegant as always...love gorgeous man, xxxxxxxxxx
11/08/2012 | 08:08 PM
great going Roger
Please stay extra focused.
Do not know who you are playing next but get that first serve up more.
Cannot Anacone help you with that?
Go roger to win London Finals.
Stay focused do not let ANYTHING/ANYBODY DISTRACT YOU.
11/08/2012 | 07:54 PM
I agree with Jalal, you did not play your normal game,your main weapon to be sharpened and you need to play aggressive game with confidence to win the trophy.
Please go for it
11/08/2012 | 07:53 PM
Well done Roger, I will be at the O2 for your next match. Sooooooo excited!!!
11/08/2012 | 07:43 PM
It surprised both me and the BBC commentator when you said you played a good match! Your first serve was at 54 percent ..... However it just shows you can win regardless. Lovely to see you and I am so looking forward to the next match against Del Portro. "Revenge" surely will be sweet! lol love, fancyfree X
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