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Roger marches into final!

25.01.2007 | Tennis

It took Roger just 1h 23mins today to blow away Andy Roddick 6-4, 6-0, 6-2, advancing to the Australian Open final. The American had beat Roger just two weeks ago, but did not stand a chance this evening with Roger playing one of his best matches ever.

He ran off 11 consecutive games against sixth-seeded Roddick. Seeking his 10th Grand Slam title, he blunted Roddick's powerful serve and whipped passing shots seemingly at will. He made 7 out of 7 break points – against one of the best servers in the world. "I had one of these days when everything worked, I was unbeatable," Roger said. "It's just unreal. I am shocked myself, I don't know what to say. The tournament is not even over yet. Let me do it one more time."

Roddick, who often stared at Roger as if he couldn't believe what he was seeing, won only nine of his 31 approaches to the net, and had only 11 winners. Roger had 45 winners and just 12 unforced errors. He was virtually untouchable as he reached his seventh consecutive Grand Slam final to equalize Australian Jack Crawford’s record in Slam sequence set back in 1933-34.

 

Roger will play the winner of Friday's semi-final between Chilean 10th seed Fernando Gonzalez and Germany's Tommy Haas, the 12th seed, in the final, where he’s given the chance of repeating Bjorn Borgs performance in 1980 when the Swede won a Grand Slam Title without set loss.

 
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01/26/2007 | 01:53 AM

MAGNIFICENT ! ! !

You make tennis pros freeze

You make unforeseen shots

You give life to the dying

You make the moon come up

(And a bagel to boot)

OUCH You're scaring me

Forever your humble and g
01/26/2007 | 01:44 AM
Congratulations! I could not watch the match live but when I heard on the radio that you were leading 2nd set 5-0, I was in tears. I watched recorded match tonight. It was simply unbelievable. How high you can raise the bar…. it seems to be beyond our
01/26/2007 | 01:26 AM
FANTASTIC PERFORMANCE!!!!!! It was so exciting watching you & those shots. Now go do it one more time in this tournament. YOU CAN WIN IT!!!!!!! Praying for you. Judie
01/26/2007 | 01:24 AM
Roger,

A really remarkable match!!!!!!!
01/26/2007 | 01:06 AM
Well Roger - we are experiencing a great feeling waking up early in the morning to see the live game and still have time to take a nap before going to work. Good luck in the final - we'll witness one more outstanding lesson of pure tennis,I am sure.
P
01/26/2007 | 01:05 AM
CONGRATULATIONS! its a great match with Roddick! you have lots of surprises in your game. Good Luck to the Finals!!!!
01/26/2007 | 01:01 AM
hey captain wassabi,

well, at some point in time we need to hit some and afterwards go to eat some good sushi. congrats rog, you played really amazing tennis that i have never seen before. i mean, i followed your career for over 10 years and knew when
01/26/2007 | 12:49 AM
Congratulation Roger. Your play was beyond of description! Just incredible!!!
Wish the best and looking forward to see your 2007 Australian championship on Sunday.

01/26/2007 | 12:33 AM
Hi Roger!
Congratulations!!!
What you did in the game against Roddick is amazing!!!!...
I have no words to describe the way you have played!... It was like a dream!!!!
All the best for next sunday CHAMPION!!!!
01/26/2007 | 12:21 AM
Hi Roger,

Congratulations on your semi-final win; I believe only one word can properly describe it: "Wow" (as in "absolutely superb").
One more match to go, good luck in the final!
Keep well,

Petra