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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 | 09:54 AM
CONGRATS ROG!!!
FERRER IS ALWAYS TOUGH -ESPECIALLY IN PRESENT FORM.
YOU HUNG IN THERE AND GOT THROUGH.
ALL THE BEST AGAINST DEL PO. HE IS TRICKY
BUT YOU CAN DO THIS
GO AHEAD FOR THE 7TH TITLE.
GOOD LUCK
LOVE YA HEAPS.XX
11/09/2012 | 09:30 AM
Great Roger No worries about the semis
11/09/2012 | 08:34 AM
Congratulations again ! Love the purple. It seems to be your lucky colour.

Always with you. See you @ the O2 in the semis.
11/09/2012 | 08:26 AM
You played awesome tennis .. Good luck and I pray that you stay fit and win WTF title once more :)
11/09/2012 | 06:24 AM
1-Excellent Roger!!!

Superb performance dearest, you really have all the weapons at your disposal and so many options to get through, really beautiful to watch, your game is endlessly impressive and rich. I have to say this is definitely one of my favorite matchups; this win I think has an even bigger significance for you given David's great success in the season and that he is in such top shape, really well done Roger! Great match. Keep it up.
11/09/2012 | 06:23 AM
2-Did you meet Ian McKellen? He had been there before. I love his Richard III amazing performance and adaptation he is a very talented actor. And you know he said you are his favorite player, he called you a "Master Tactician", he is totally right, you are! He said really great things about you that I agree with, he is very nice you should meet him and take a picture to show us. ;)
11/09/2012 | 06:23 AM
3-You have the most beautiful eyes! I really like your shirt, the little details and the color, you look so great! The ATP award ceremony was cool, very happy for you, it seemed like fun and you were looking super handsome, loved your outfit! Great speech, you are so kind. :) And a special thank you for the beautiful video you shared I love when you do that, THANK YOU Roger.
11/09/2012 | 06:23 AM
4-All the best for the next match! You've already overcome the biggest obstacle of your group, the fact that your next opponent have been lucky against you sometimes as I said means nothing, put this guy back in his place. Break his will, impose your presence, if he gets aggressive you go and show him what aggressive really is! Go for it Roger, you know what to do and you can do it. Come on!
11/09/2012 | 06:23 AM
5-Talking about Richard III let me share with you a little fragment when he is exhorting his army for a battle; this is a great one. The last part:
…"Our strong arms be our conscience, swords our law.
March on, join bravely, let us to't pell-mell
If not to heaven, then hand in hand to hell".
(Act 5, scene 3)

Take care. Keep enjoying.

I love you Roger!!!...
:D xoxoxoxoxo
11/09/2012 | 05:15 AM
Well done!
Best of luck next match.