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A new record and a date with Andy

23.01.2007 | Tennis

Roger moved another step towards defending his Australian Open title. He not only defeated Spain's Tommy Robredo 6-3, 7-6 (2), 7-5 to reach the semi-final, but also set up a new record. Roger is the first player of the Open era to have reached 11 consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals.


The conditions were not ideal tonight and forced both players to adapt a fair bit. The windy gusts on one side of the court were the reason for a whole series of breaks and re-breaks. Roger produced a total of 31 unforced errors during the match and dropped his serve twice in the opening set, but still managed to restrict Robredo to just three games.


It was Roger’s seventh-straight triumph over Robredo, whose only victory over our champ came in their first meeting at the Hopman Cup in 2002.


The victory sets up a semi-final clash with Andy Roddick, an opponent our world number one has had the wood on since their first meeting in 2001. But it must be mentioned that Roger just lost the final to the American at the AAMI Classic in Kooyong, an exhibition tournament, just a few weeks ago.


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01/25/2007 | 03:01 AM
It will be an exciting and thrilling match between you and Andy on the semis and my faith is in you Rog. And im sure 101% you'll win. You're in great form and your game is excellent, a master class, just be yourself. Andy's no match for you. Take care and
01/25/2007 | 02:54 AM
Roger, be confident and be yourself don't let the fear interfere with your game. You beat Roddick many times, concentrate and stay cool even when you feel like losing. I know you will win. Good luck!
01/25/2007 | 02:09 AM
watch out for Roddick!
01/25/2007 | 01:57 AM
My, oh, my! What a development-Rafa losing to Gonzales! It's a shame we won't be getting the satisfaction of seeing Roger down him like in Wimby...I guess we all have to wait another Slam event for that, huh!

Good luck on your game with Andy. I'd be
01/25/2007 | 01:52 AM
win the semi's in 3 sets Roger! that will teach roddick a lesson...
01/25/2007 | 01:19 AM
Well, you played good with Robredo, then you will play better in the next round.
All my proud of you, abd my support.
01/25/2007 | 12:57 AM
8-9 more hours until the start of the match. May the force be with you!
01/25/2007 | 12:29 AM
Roger all the best of luck! I will enjoy watching the match live on tv.

01/25/2007 | 12:28 AM

Scandal featuring Patty Smyth
"The Warrior"
One of the best videos I've ever seen.

So rock it, sock it, block it, hock it, mock it, dock it, knock it, and well, you know. Hee hee hee and just jock it.
01/25/2007 | 12:05 AM
Form is temporary which Andy Roddick is hitting at the right time for Melbourne..but Class remains permanent...And as we all knowm Roger Defines Class.