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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 | 06:00 AM
Roger..!! by always your better admirer I much god bless you love and you to you of many successes but you are the best player course to the victory thanks to exist .. gracias desde mexico.. nancy martinez besos roger
01/12/2007 | 05:19 AM
look here the federer`s kooyong two games...vs safin and vs stepanek...the last games
01/12/2007 | 05:19 AM
vean aca los partidos de roger,los ultimos puntos del campeon

01/12/2007 | 05:03 AM
Woo hoo! Yay, Roger! You can win it!

Love and hugs,
Cori USA
01/12/2007 | 04:14 AM
Hello Roger...

You're a great tennis player... you have better strokes than the other tennis legends.. You have the grace, too.. I just love it.. all the best in 2007.. break more records idol....
01/12/2007 | 03:38 AM
Good luck, Roger. I'm always rooting for you! Ah, you don't need luck. Just your fans' support, right?!?

<3 K
01/12/2007 | 03:32 AM
bravo, Roger, you are the best of the best!!!! And like we say in Argentina: sos un grosso!!!!!!1
01/12/2007 | 01:36 AM
Hey Tennisstar,
I knew you would win. Now onto (probably) Andy Rocket Roddick, or Andy Murray (from gorgeous Scotland). Any way you want it, you will be playing a dandy handy Andy.
Just saw you and Mr. Jensen on the Tennis channel. Wow, loved the Arabia
01/12/2007 | 12:54 AM
Well done! Roger!
Can't wait to watch your games in the AO!
01/12/2007 | 12:07 AM
Nothing new so far .. he has to be there .. at the final ... ALWAYS.
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