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Roger reaches final at the Kooyong Classic

11.01.2007 | Tennis

Roger got back into form quickly, beating Russia's Marat Safin 6-3, 7-6 (2) Thursday to reach the final of the Kooyong exhibition tournament.

 

Roger said he felt more comfortable, hit more clean winners and had fewer unforced errors than he did in his first match of the 2007 season the previous afternoon and shook off some rust in his tight win over Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

 

"I definitely served better and just tightened up the game a bit, so I was really happy," Roger said. "I was expecting a really tough match because yesterday I was struggling with the rhythm and everything.

 

"But I came out and played really well, didn't make many unforced errors in the wind and could hang with him from the baseline."

 

Our Tennisstar was in control of the first set Thursday, breaking Safin's serve in the fourth game, giving himself two set points in the ninth with a backhand volley winner and closing with an ace.

 

He had some lapses in the second, wasting two break chances in the third game before dropping serve in the sixth.  But Roger got back on serve and forced the tiebreaker, setting up five match points with an angled backhand volley and finishing it off when Safin dumped a backhand into the net.

 

"Yesterday, I had too many loose moments, but it was obvious that was going to happen," Roger said. "It was just a matter of getting my act together for today, and I did, so I'm feeling good."

 

Roger will play either Andy Roddick of the United States or Andy Murray of Scotland in Saturday's final.

 
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01/12/2007 | 02:32 PM
Best of luck on the finals, Rog!! We are with you every step of the way.

We love you as always!!
01/12/2007 | 02:23 PM
Hi Roger,

I just wanted to wish you all the best for the final i know it's more like a warm up match but it would be nice to win has you would agree.

I have just seen the draw and it doesn't look to bad for the first few rounds then it may get abit
01/12/2007 | 01:57 PM
u r awesome, rogie =)
01/12/2007 | 01:35 PM
Bravoooooooooo Rogi.



Almica
01/12/2007 | 01:33 PM
hello Roger.
01/12/2007 | 01:16 PM
Congratulations Roger !!
01/12/2007 | 01:14 PM
Hi Roger!

Hope (I'm sure) You'll be the # 1 forl all 2007 year and get all Grand Slams !!!

Good luck the Champ !
01/12/2007 | 12:50 PM
Man, how i wanna see that final, but i can't see it out here!!!! Not so nice!!!
Saw Clijsters won Sydney, She is the best and the nicest!!
To bad this is her last year playing.......

I am glad that i can watch the Australien Open.
It's been too long
01/12/2007 | 12:42 PM
Wow, I got the tennis channel at the perfect time! Kim Clijsters Rocks! Loved watching the Sony Ericson match LIVE from Sydney. Those girls can play tennis. OK 4am time to go to sleep.
LIVE from Santa Monica
01/12/2007 | 12:22 PM
Hello Ravstar 12/01/2007

www.sportswatch.com.au/sport

Click on tennis [even though it may open with a tennis photo] then click schedule and results, > click 2007 AAMI classic > click Match in progress.
It is not the fastest update AND the winning
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