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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 | 11:22 AM
congrats roger,
you know how to play roddick.dont give him chance to dominate .go go roger . i dont have live telecast , can please please any body tell me is there any chance of on line picture coverage, any web site which i can visist, tahnk you. keep
01/12/2007 | 10:43 AM
oh my god, roger, tomorrow it will be you vs a-rod.. i am so nervous. he is very confident now that he thinks he has your number. pls pls win this game for us. not meaning to pressure you, i mean, im behind you all the way whatever happens, win or loose,
01/12/2007 | 10:30 AM
Good luck tomorrow ;)
Lana -oxxo-
01/12/2007 | 09:56 AM
Congratulations, Roger! Up and at 'em all this year! Hand Roddick another defeat :-D.

Joreen :-D
01/12/2007 | 08:22 AM
congratulation roger
01/12/2007 | 08:18 AM
just a perfect way to start year 2007. goodluck in the finals Rog. I really hope you get your 10th GS title in Melbourne. Go rule the Australian Open Roger! Lv yah always!
01/12/2007 | 07:43 AM
love the photo of you in front of red and white AAMI sign. Nice colors.
And if Pippa from Britain is reading this, I read your message which is 8 messages above my last message. I tried to get rf.com, but it's just a white screen. Any more hints on
01/12/2007 | 07:24 AM
I can't wait to watch your greatness next week at the Aussie Open. =) And I definitely can't wait to see you snatch the Roland Garros crown from Rafa in May. He may be the King of Clay, but you're King of Tennis. Hopefully, I'll get to witness your great
01/12/2007 | 07:17 AM
Way to go Roger! Keep up the good work.
A nice start for 2007
01/12/2007 | 07:15 AM
hi Roger & his fans
well I Congrats Roger & his fans for ROGER REACHES FINAL AT THE KOOYONG CLASSIC...
I hope Roger will do more best like usuall,do more best & best!
Our prayers are with you.
Do more best always....
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