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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 | 03:56 AM
once again, awesome job Roger!!! You never let your fans down! I'm looking forward to another spectacular performance. I can't wait to see you play again. Good Luck!
Love, Sarah
07/01/2007 | 03:37 AM
Hey,ROGER!
You are great.Come on.We will be with u always
07/01/2007 | 03:14 AM
CONGRATULATIONS ROGER! Good luck with the match with tommy haas! We know u cn beat him!best of luck,
JERRY
07/01/2007 | 03:09 AM
Roger :
Ayer fué simplemente lindo verte jugar lo hiciste increible felicidades!!
Seguro que el lunes te va a ir igual de bien
solo t deseo lo mejor en el campeonato
mucha suerte en todos los partidos que te restan
Con Cariño
Ariana
07/01/2007 | 02:46 AM
Congratulations and go on!!!
Cristina from Uruguay
07/01/2007 | 02:08 AM
Roger, well done.. you played absolutely the right game in spite of the swirling wind out there on the court. It was great to see THAT LOOK again after so long.. at one stage you were so focussed it was almost as though you were in a trance! Keep up the
07/01/2007 | 01:32 AM
DEar Mr. FEd, they should have shown all of your match with Safin. Instead, they switched back and forth, then Saturday showed the William sisters' games repeatedly. Still, It was exhilirating to see your game with Marat, the outstanding and inspired play
07/01/2007 | 12:46 AM
To Lucky Lady,

Moi aussi, I share the same sentiments. I never get tired of watching his past glories. I have a collection of his matches on DVD and his swift movements on the court is by far unequaled. Roger is a thing of beauty . . . .

Maricar
07/01/2007 | 12:15 AM
Congratulations ...- :)
go ..go ... champion :)
07/01/2007 | 12:13 AM
Roger

Nice to see you are playing so well.

As you well know take one match at a time and never under estimate your opponent.

I was looking at Sampras being knocked out of the tournament in 2001 when he was the favourite to win by a certain new