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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 | 05:03 AM
Good luck, Roger.
I am surprised at one remark you made yesterday and it gave me pause..you said you "were happy the way your career has gone"...could that be a sign that you are starting to consider the end? BTW, I did read the end of the sentence, which said you had hoped you had more in the tank. We would all be devastated if you retired but your record has and will always be unsurpassed for years to come. Let us know what you really meant by that.
11/09/2012 | 04:52 AM
even when you're not playing at your best, it's remarkable to watch you craft out a victory. well done!
11/09/2012 | 04:22 AM
11/09/2012 | 03:36 AM
Great stuff again. You weren't at your absolute best, but the main thing is you have qualified for the semis and you can improve your game from there. You continue your streaks of 14 matches unbeaten against Ferrer, 12 undefeated at the O2 and 11 in second round robin matches, in the process recording your 70th match win of the season. What more can I say? =)
11/09/2012 | 02:19 AM
Dear Roger, great job! Keep going, good luck your next match.
11/09/2012 | 02:12 AM
hi roger...... its truly amazing that you won........ all the very best for your next match ..... but i know you'll win it anyway !!! go champ !
11/09/2012 | 01:49 AM
Nice game Champ.Relax in the next round Roger.
11/09/2012 | 12:51 AM
Lieber Roger,ich gratuliere dich zu deinen erfolg.Du warst wunderbar!Ich hoffe und glaube dass du ein gutes Spiel mit Del Porto haben wirst!Herzliche wunsche!
11/09/2012 | 12:28 AM
Bravo to Roger.

It's amazing to see him win, even though he was not in his best shape, over David who has become very confident after his win in Paris as well as he is a born fighter.

Love forever,
11/09/2012 | 12:27 AM
Majestic win over Ferrer. Congratulations on your win against Ferrer & booking your place in the semi finals. Well done. Some absolutely beautiful shots. I am running out of adjectives ! Stay hungry. Good Luck in you next match.

Always with you.