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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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01/11/2007 | 09:58 PM
Well done Roger continue the raising line:D
01/11/2007 | 09:10 PM
Well done Roger beating Marat. Good luck for the final. love Joyce x
01/11/2007 | 09:05 PM
Dearest Roger

Congratulations on your victory over Safin. I hope this win over a potentially dangerous opponent will inspire you to be triumphant in your first final of 2007.

You are an oasis in the middle of a desert. Thank you for continuing to t
01/11/2007 | 08:56 PM
Hey Roger eres el mejor, buena suerte en la final.
01/11/2007 | 08:41 PM
Hi Roger!
congratulations!you're ever the best^^...good luck for the final!!
By Lodo
01/11/2007 | 08:33 PM
Dear Roger,

Welcome back and congratulations! I am so happy that you have got back your rhythm before the AO and that you have learned to play in windy, hot conditions.

What I like about you is that you improve your game to suit any condition on th
01/11/2007 | 08:25 PM
Congratulation on another win. Keep it up and beat any Andy on the other side. And please bring the momentum to AO.

Best of luck.
01/11/2007 | 06:53 PM


Good Luck for the final!

01/11/2007 | 06:37 PM
Alright Roger~~~

01/11/2007 | 06:11 PM
felicidaes roger!!! suerte en la final!!!