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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 | 11:56 AM
Bravo, Roger!
Let's start our year this way!
Beat'm all!!!
01/11/2007 | 11:47 AM
Congratulations Roger
Well done
Good Luck
01/11/2007 | 11:40 AM
A superb beginning 4 a superb player's superb year..................
01/11/2007 | 11:25 AM
Ola, Roger.
E bom ver voce começar com tudo.
Parabens pelas vitorias e continue assim.
Beijos da tua super fan do Brasil.

01/11/2007 | 11:18 AM
Gongratulations!Back to your brilliant play so quickly!Good Luck in the final.
01/11/2007 | 11:18 AM
Round of applause for you Rogi.. =) It will be an exciting encounter in case you'll battle with Murray in the finals.. Either Roddick or Murray, goodluck Rogi!!! =)
01/11/2007 | 11:17 AM
Gongratulations!Back to your brilliant play so quickly!Good Luck in the final.
01/11/2007 | 11:10 AM
a nice win over a great player
hope this would make u more confident
focus well champ
in the final
both players are tough
but u r the best
we all wish u the best
01/11/2007 | 11:01 AM
Must be nice to have beaten Safin! Great match and it seems like you are 'getting your act together'. And it must also be nice to be in the final of your first tournament after a longer break. Good luck.

By the way....nice racquet....the colours look
01/11/2007 | 11:01 AM
Hi Roger,
congr win over Safin,I know you'll win 13 title
this year (including 4 Grand Slam),trust me.
plus:Do anyone notice that Roger hold a new
racket,is it a new n-code,or n-Blade or something?anybody can tell me?thanks.
your fans from Taiwan, a
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