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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 | 07:39 PM
Wow! I knew Ferrer was going to be tough after winning Paris.
Glad you were able to win in straight sets. So proud.
The trophy is waiting for you
11/08/2012 | 07:32 PM
11/08/2012 | 07:25 PM
Congratulations Roger!!
Good luck in semis!!
11/08/2012 | 07:15 PM
Congratulations Roger on your match and reaching the semi finals. I am very happy for you. To beat Ferrer in two sets, however tight the match, you must have played well. Ferrer is a very tenacious player. I look forward to watching the match later as I could not watch it earlier and recorded it. In fact you should be congratulated for doing both of your matches in two sets. At this level, that is brilliant! Good luck against Delpo, you can do it Rogi. Try to make it in 2 again Rog! GO Rogi
11/08/2012 | 07:14 PM
Congratulations Roger! I always follow you, and I wish one day I can take a picture with you! (cross fingers), I went to US OPEN last year and I coud not see you close, but I will try to go again to any of your tournaments. Just one picture!!! Good luck tomorrow.
11/08/2012 | 06:32 PM
Bravo Campeón:
excelente triunfo contra Ferrer; demostraste que lo tienes dominado. Espero ver tu partido el Sábado. Cuidate mucho, descansa y recupera tus fuerzas, es el último partido del Round Robin y tienes que ganarle a Del Potro; ponlo en su lugar. Mantente, fresco, saludable, alegre y confía en Dios que ël hará todo posible para tí. Bendecido Roger, con toda bendición.

11/08/2012 | 06:27 PM
Roger Bravo! I look forward to the semi-finals! Good luck!
11/08/2012 | 06:25 PM
it was not a federer like match...ur game was not anywhere near to your standard....the serve was not sparkling in the 1st set but some how improved in 2nd set....but the backhand had been a point of worry for u for the entire match....u need to improve this two factors immediately for the upcoming semi...andy wont be so kind like ferrer to let aways 11 break point slip...so wake up king and worn on this issues...
11/08/2012 | 06:23 PM
Bravo Roger! Keep winning!
11/08/2012 | 06:23 PM
Congrats Roger for your victory & try to win the tournament.

And of course,re-achieve your top ranking.I hope you can do it.

Best wishes,
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