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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 | 05:14 PM
Very pleased to note you have stared the season with a BANG. Best luck for the final. keep it up.
Yours fan
01/11/2007 | 05:07 PM

You are definitely back!! Congrats to making it to the final! I have been unable to be in the forum to urge you on, but my classes have begun and as you would understand homework comes first. Just remember that my heart and soul are always wi
01/11/2007 | 04:42 PM

Good Luck

01/11/2007 | 04:29 PM
Congratulations Roger
Even though it's only an exhibition, it's wonderful to see you hit such form - it only took you one match to find it! - and reach the final. I hope you take this kind of form with you to the AO - no one will be able to stop you then
01/11/2007 | 04:27 PM
Nice to see you enjoying yourself...have a great season!
01/11/2007 | 04:19 PM
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01/11/2007 | 04:07 PM

congratulations my champion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
simply you are the best of the best
get ready for the next match because your opponent either Roddick or Murray are quite tough!!!!
good luck on saturday

01/11/2007 | 03:51 PM
Wow! another good start. Keep up the good work.
01/11/2007 | 03:37 PM
Way to go Rog! Keep up the good work.
01/11/2007 | 03:17 PM
Many Congrats ,Roger.....

Now go and Get it!!!!!Good luck