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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 | 03:15 PM
R O G I !!!
Champ!!! CONGRATULATIONS. I am really happy u are finding ur game in these matches.
See you winning this saturday the final.
All my energy 4 U !!!
01/11/2007 | 03:02 PM
To Pupi,

about roger's new racket it's still the wilson brand but with a different design on the face of the racket and in side the rim of it if you have noticed a black colour thats whats new they have said that it is to help roger when he plays for h
01/11/2007 | 02:56 PM
Congratulations! I wish I could have been there to see the match. Good luck tomorrow.
Anne
01/11/2007 | 02:53 PM
CONGRATS again ROGER! whichever andy you play will be very challenging. a win against a-rod will confirm the critics that you are the true master by a long shot. a win against murray will erase the memory of him beating you in cinci. the best of luck in t
01/11/2007 | 02:43 PM
this is my hero

go east go west roger is the best

lv u
01/11/2007 | 02:19 PM
Good job Roger. You will win on Saturday...Then let´s go to Australian open....
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01/11/2007 | 01:57 PM
Well done Roger. If you play Murray, please give him a good lesson!!
Good luck for the Final, of course.
Camille
01/11/2007 | 01:43 PM

congratulations rogi!
this is a very good start for you..
stay healthy..
n_n
01/11/2007 | 01:39 PM
Nice to hear your game is entirely back.
And please, any ane knows about Federer´s new racket???

God Bless You Champ!!
01/11/2007 | 01:30 PM
Hey Roger...

I love to love to watch u play. U're amazing, i love the modesty in u.. Now, u go to the Australian open and i hope u play against Andy Murray and show him who's boss in straight sets! I'm sick of hearing refering to the time beat u.

L
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