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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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01/24/2007 | 07:39 PM
It's here champion!!! You've been in tougher matches before (with Agassi, Nadal, etc.). I know you will prevail again this time with Andy (who has also had a lot of "luck" to be where he is right now). Roger, focus and play your brilliant game and you
01/24/2007 | 07:34 PM
Hi Roger,
This is my first note to you during this grand slam. I was waiting for when when I felt you needed the most encouragement. I think that time is now. Roddick is hungry to beat you and due to his success the last match you played, his confiden
01/24/2007 | 07:34 PM
Hi Roger,

I just wanted to wish you all the luck in the world roger for tomorrow against andy who has improved to give him credit but i still believe you have the mental edge over him in long matches even with jimmy you have played him twice now with t
01/24/2007 | 07:33 PM
Hi Roger,

I just wanted to wish you luck for tomorrow's match against Roddick (I'm keeping my fingers, toes, everything crossed for you).

All the best!!
01/24/2007 | 07:31 PM
I wish you all the best in your match with Roddick today. God bless you.
Best regards,
Lucy
01/24/2007 | 07:23 PM
All the very best for your match with Andy tomorrow: I know you can do it so go, go, go!

Dot in Vernet
01/24/2007 | 07:14 PM
Hi Roger,

Goodluck on yr next semi-final match with Roddick.Be careful he is also dangerous.

Thanks/hernand
01/24/2007 | 07:12 PM
Congratulations on your win Roger
I am looking forward to the next one.Just stay focused and you got it...
Good Luck
01/24/2007 | 06:47 PM
good luck roger!!!!
01/24/2007 | 06:09 PM
you can do it!
put your back into it! :p