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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 | 05:57 PM
Dearest Roger,

The dream semi-final that everybody has been talking about is going to happen tonight in Australia. I know you like this match up too. I know that you are ready for this match against Roddick. We fans will all be collectively thinking of
01/24/2007 | 05:37 PM
R O G I !!!!
Hey Champ !!!
WE believe in you. We know u have so much more tennis than Roddick, and u have go through lot of kind of situations like this before,,, just beat Roddick,, and show him than there is something in the champions that no trainer
01/24/2007 | 05:32 PM
I'll be another (of many) Americans rooting for you Roger. Win for yourself first, and then win for all your fans around the world.
01/24/2007 | 05:30 PM
well,dear roger,what can I say? congrats! I am sure you will be the winner!!!AGAIN!!!!

love very very very much!!!

good luck! ; *
01/24/2007 | 05:17 PM
i'm sure ,- roger u'r gonna win!
of course its gonna be tough match but u 'r are the best .and everyone will see it again,
hugs and kisses !!! we are with u ,your fans!!!

01/24/2007 | 04:55 PM
Just play your game Roger..... I will be up at 3:30 in the morning watching you outplay Andy on Rod Laver
01/24/2007 | 04:37 PM
Hey Rog. :)

Wow, I'm really looking forward to the SF tomorrow. A. Roddick has been in a good form once again for the past few months. His answers for J.Courier's questions after his last game were quite interesting. ;) However, I have a strong feeling
01/24/2007 | 04:24 PM
You're unbelievable... And I hope you won. I ran out of adjectives just to describe you!!! I just want to meet you in person. You are my idol!!! Godspeed!
01/24/2007 | 03:55 PM
Hi Roger:

Always wishing you the best knowing that when it counts the most you'll fly over the finish line in good speed. Your determination will be in the driver's seat with you and that's a good start for a fantastic finish and WIN ... WIN ... WIN.
01/24/2007 | 03:37 PM