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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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11/10/2012 | 01:18 PM
Dear Roger, I wish you best luck against Del Potro. Be confident, strong and be carefull with your service. Show him you are Champ. Go for your 7th. Barclays ATP Masters Final, GO, GO, GO!!!
11/10/2012 | 11:46 AM
Oh I don"t know if I can bear to watch! X
11/10/2012 | 08:55 AM
Good luck Roger for match vs Del potro. Also, just now, saw an interview that you gave here in Bale last week & your smile is so gorgeous.


http://www.rogerfedererfans.com/forum/topic/870-roger-federer-knows-ana-ivanovic-more-than-maria-sharapova/


you rock champ, keep smiling
11/10/2012 | 07:31 AM
Wish you have a flawless match with Del.
Ofcourse he is playing well and trying to qualify but I guess you would also want to beat him before going into 2013.

My prayers are with you as always.
11/10/2012 | 07:16 AM
Forgot to mention, congratulations on being presented the ATP WORLDTOUR.COM Fans' Favourite & Sportsmanship awards. Such an honour. Very humbling. I voted for you. One of the many. A drop in the vast ocean. Take care.
11/10/2012 | 07:03 AM
Good luck in your match with Del Potro. Both of you have had such formidable matches in the past, along with both of you holding the record of the longest Olympic match in history. An amazing record. And after that.. the Olympic finals.

Anyway...fast forward to the present. Lifting the trophy of your seventh World Tour Championship title. Best of luck in your remaining matches. Stay hungry. Djoko wants to de-throne you, along with Andy.

With you always. See you on Sunday & Monday.
11/10/2012 | 06:30 AM
Dear Roger!

Good Luck tomorrow (or today in London) against Del Petro. You simply are the best!!!!!
11/10/2012 | 06:02 AM
DEAR ROGERRRRRRRRR,

WHEN IT COMES TO DEL POTRO, PLEASE DON'T ALLOW HIM TO RETURN BACK AT THE BASELINE, THROWING YOU OUT OF RANGE TO HIT SHOTS. THEREFORE, YOU GOT TO PLAY DROP SHOTS EFFECTIVELY AND SERVE 100% OR ELSE, YOU MAY REGRET. ANYWAY, STAY CALM AND MOTIVATED TO WIN AGAINST THE BIG GUY. TAKE GOOD CARE AND PUT HIM OFF!!!
11/10/2012 | 05:57 AM
DEAR ROGERRRRRRRRRR,

NICE TO SEE YOU PLAY WELL, BUT YOU GOT TO INCREASE YOUR POWER TO KEEP THE TOP PLAYERS LIKE DJOKOVIC AND MURRAY OUT OF REACH!!! PLEASE STAY FOCUSED, CALM & AVOID UNFORCED ERRORS. GOOD LUCK!!!
11/10/2012 | 05:30 AM
A lot of talks about if you chose to win or lose so you can face the opponent of your choice first. Also if you decide to let Delpo in or Ferrer in.
But I know you as a champ, I think you will do your best to win.
Whatever happens congratulations to you Federer san. You are in the knock-out phase already. What a great accomplishment !! Allez !!
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