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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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06/30/2007 | 11:43 PM
thats so grt just keep it up
06/30/2007 | 11:43 PM
thanks for making us so happy!!
06/30/2007 | 11:21 PM
Hi Roger,

Congratulations on the excellent play against Safin and reaching the fourth round! The level of tennis was outstanding, and you will need that against Haas too, who is once again a tough opponent. Yet, if you keep playing like this, you will
06/30/2007 | 11:06 PM
You played really, really well against a tough player. Even though Marat isn't what he used to be, everyone way saying that he'd be a challenge for you. We've said it before on this site, but ya gotta love how the media hates Roger. It's one thing to be a
06/30/2007 | 11:00 PM
Dear Rog,
Congratulats for your 51st. Very well played also. Now get Tommy, as usual one match at a time.
4 to go...
Go Roger go!!!!!
Luisg
06/30/2007 | 10:44 PM
Congrats. God Bless u Roger to reach all your milestones in tennis
06/30/2007 | 10:31 PM
WELL DONE ROGER
06/30/2007 | 09:59 PM
Roger,


Don't take anything for granted. Take one match at a time.

Good luck,

Mira
06/30/2007 | 09:59 PM


Keep on cruisin'
06/30/2007 | 09:52 PM
Hi Roger!

Congratulations on the win! It was a great match. Good luck with Tommy. I am always with you! God bless you!!