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Roger in fourth round

29.06.2007 | Tennis

Roger defeated Marat Safin 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) to register his 51st grass court win in a row and will now face experienced German Tommy Haas, who put out Russia's Dmitry Tursunov, for a quarter-final spot.

 

"I don't know if I played phenomenal, I just think I played the right way against Marat today," said Roger. "I really kept the balls in play, served well when I had to, moved well, returned pretty good."

 

The world number one broke in the fourth game of the first set and a combination of some over-hitting on the groundstrokes by Safin and some tricky changes of speed by Roger allowed the him to steam to a convincing lead. Safin fought back early in the second and even broke serve. But the defending champion seemed unperturbed. He broke back immediately and again in the seventh game, prompting some characteristic racket-throwing from the volatile Russian before Roger nailed the set with an ace. The third set went with serve and in the tiebreak Safin's forehand volley into the net gave Roger a mini-break and he served out the remainder to take it 7-4.

 

"I was very pleased with the performance because I knew the danger against Marat," concluded Roger.

 
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07/01/2007 | 06:09 PM
Just found out that Haas has pulled out because of torn stomach muscle. What a shame! Although Roger would have won, but I think it would have been a great match to watch though!
Just wanted to make a note on ESPN commentator Luke Jensen who yesterday b
07/01/2007 | 06:08 PM
Well usually, one has to fight for results. The result that Roger and all of us would have wanted on Monday evening is being thru to the quarters. Well, we have it confirmed already.

Fine. Excellent. Good luck Tommy.

Yes Roger must stay on the ball
07/01/2007 | 05:50 PM
Bueno esta mañana me encontre con la noticia de que tommy Haas se ha retirado del torneo debido a una lesión, espero que te vaya bien en los cuartos de final, todos los oponentes son muy fuertes, pero tu eres el mejor, vamos roger tu puedes, la final esta
07/01/2007 | 05:42 PM
great play roger! u r best of the best on glass!
07/01/2007 | 05:40 PM
Roger....
Haas withdrawal from the tournament...takes you a step closer to the championship...
All the best in your quarters....
Stay focused...as I say always Enjoy the game....the Records will come along the way....
The first serve % was so much bet
07/01/2007 | 05:33 PM
Roger,
Je vous souhaite la bonne chance avec le tournoi.
Nancy
07/01/2007 | 05:28 PM
Haas retires from his match against Roger... he has something in his leg, I dont know exactly what... very sad news, because although Roger was the absolute favourite, this would have been a nice match to see, and Haas always creates problems to Federer..
07/01/2007 | 04:57 PM
congatulation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No one can takes place of your in the tennis world u have 5 wimboldon title in a row this year best of luck for the upcoming games
prakash
Nepal
07/01/2007 | 04:41 PM
Roger,

Haas has pulled out of your 4th round match, leaving you to enter your 13th straight Grand Slam Quarters, one short of Lendl's record. CONGRATULATIONS.

You are the best, get your 5th Wimbledon in a row (your 11th Grand Slam, your 9th title on
07/01/2007 | 04:26 PM
and while I'm at it...I don't think Mr.Haas should have the gumption to say he "would have been one of the few guys to be dangerous to Roger" while cowering out of the tournament. Does anyone think Nadal, Hewitt or Canas would be defaulting this match wit
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