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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 | 01:24 PM

Congrats Roger and good luck in the next round!
01/11/2007 | 01:19 PM
GRANDE ROGER!!! che il 2007 sia pieno di successi!
01/11/2007 | 01:13 PM
Congrats Roger,
you found your rythm this time, very glad that it didn't take very long, keep it up, you will win it all. Can't wait to see in Aus. Open. Good luck on the final.
01/11/2007 | 12:32 PM
Hey Roger, just feels grt 2 see u playin like dat and jus keep goin strong...............by This time next yr u shd be gettin in the Guiness World Book of Records 4 the highest number of grand slams"15" ever won. Wish u the Best in next weeks AUSSIE OPEN
01/11/2007 | 12:25 PM
congratz roger!!!!!!
all the best for the final!!!!!
01/11/2007 | 12:21 PM
SIMPLY THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GO ROGER GO!!!!!
01/11/2007 | 12:14 PM
Hello Roger
Congratulations on winning your match against Marat with his naughty smile!
Thoroughly enjoyed your shot making today--some of those very angled cross court shots were brilliant.
Good luckforSaturdays final. We hope to be at courtside.

01/11/2007 | 12:07 PM
Dear roger,

Congratulations on reaching the final it was a better match by you than the first which i understand will be but lets say it didn't take you long to find the form two matches and roger is back not to his best but i know thats waiting for th
01/11/2007 | 12:05 PM
Good luck for the final, both of your opponents are quite tough!

Many kisses

- Sar@ -
01/11/2007 | 12:04 PM
OH what I great match and soo great shots. Plus you enjoying it was the best
So glad to see you having such a great winning in the preparation for the AO
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