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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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11/09/2012 | 07:18 PM
soar to the seventh tiltle.
11/09/2012 | 06:42 PM
Please store your energy for semifinals . It does not matter if you win or loose against Del Porto,tomorrow . You must beat Murrey on sunday
Wish you all the best
11/09/2012 | 05:49 PM
Ues have to decline drastically.....
11/09/2012 | 05:22 PM
Congratulations Roger!
11/09/2012 | 03:59 PM
Roger, many congratulations on reaching SF yet again, outstanding accomplishment!
It was a very demanding match against David and I'm happy to see you were able to win despite not being on top of your game. Looking forward to an excellent match against DelPo, I hope you win and remain undefeated!
Take care, enjoy and best of luck!

11/09/2012 | 03:21 PM
Well done, it wasn´t a great day but you are so so fantastic that in the end you won in 2 set
All our support from Uruguay
11/09/2012 | 02:58 PM
Great that you're into the semi-finals, Rog! I think that's only 2 events this season where you missed getting to the SF stage or better. While you have a terrific head-to-head record against David, he's still quite a wonderful player, never gives up, so tough mentally, good sportsman, well-respected. That you've been able to come through against him again & again, even at times you weren't at your best, is another real testament to your abilities & talent. Nice job.

Good luck against JMDP!
11/09/2012 | 01:58 PM
Congrats Roger. you are looking very strong. Keep it up....so happy for you.
11/09/2012 | 01:46 PM
Congrats Rogi, so well played... Also, congrats for winning both the fans favorite and Stefan Edberg awards yesterday ----

11/09/2012 | 01:44 PM