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Roger still on course for history

07.07.2007 | Tennis

Roger is just one step away from his fifth Wimbledon title! He will meet Rafael Nadal in tomorrow's men's singles after defeating Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 today.

 

At first, Gasquet showed no ill-effects of last night's thrilling five-set victory over third seed Andy Roddick. Seeking to keep alive his bid for a record-equalling fifth straight title, Roger had to save three break points to keep his nose in front in bright sunshine on Centre Court. But our star raised his game when it mattered most to break Gasquet in the 12th game of the set to take it 7-5.

 

Watched by Bjorn Borg, the man whose record he is aiming to equal, Roger clearly took heart from that hard-fought success and it began to look ominous for his 21-year-old opponent, making his debut in a grand slam semi-final.

 

Gasquet had to call for a medical time-out after the second set to receive treatment on his left ankle. It did not appear initially appear to be too serious, especially when he produced a running forehand winner which had Roger raising his eyes skyward in disbelief, but the latter star responded with six aces in his next two service games to remain on level terms at 3-3.

 

Roger is now more than ready to equal the record of Bjorn Borg and claim his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title. "Never, ever - and I think the same for him - did we think we were going to win Wimbledon so many times," said Roger of Borg, who was watching from the Royal Box today. "Now I'm in the position to equal his great record. I saw him sitting there today, thank God only in the second set so I could concentrate on the first set first. It is tricky when you see him sitting there because he is a living legend. It is a boost, but it can also be a negative thing if you put too much pressure on yourself. In the end you've got to block it out, whoever is sitting there. I have so much respect for him that it is great that he's here. I hope I can do the job tomorrow."

 

Nadal, meanwhile, did not have to fight for his place in the final. Djokovic explained a blister sustained during his win over Baghdatis had become infected, and painful enough to make him seriously consider whether to take to the court at all. "I didn't sleep during the night because there was a lot of bleeding and I was barely walking this morning," he said. Djokovic was forced to retire at 4-1 down in the third set.

 
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07/08/2007 | 02:30 PM
Dear Roger,

Good luck for the final!
Goooooooo Roger! I' m cheering for you, with all of your fans in the world...

Miwa
07/08/2007 | 02:29 PM
Congratulations,roger .
May God be with you ~~
07/08/2007 | 02:16 PM
Dear Roger:
Extremely Well Done! You have reached the final of Wimbledon! Try your best, you have to avenge and beat Rafa Nadal! Fired more aces than last time 20 aces! Don't worried because of this year Roland Garros final. We will support you ever
07/08/2007 | 02:15 PM
COME ON ROGERRR!!!
YOU CAN DO IT!
YOU ARE SIMPLY THE BEST!
YOU WILL WIN NADAL!!!
GOOD LUCK!!
07/08/2007 | 01:40 PM
i believe in u , Roger . GO and BE wat u ARE
A REAL CHAMPION !!!
07/08/2007 | 01:34 PM
You inspire me.
07/08/2007 | 01:13 PM
Roger, I just wanted to say that you need to play your game and do not rush. Cut down on the unforced errors and that trophy is yours, man!
Come on!
P.S I am so nervous for you but I know you are cooler than I am!
07/08/2007 | 12:52 PM
Dear Roger,
You are the brightest star that Centre Court has ever seen. May it shine tonight in victory!
My best wishes and love to you and all your fantastic team. I am so proud to be your fan

Marie/ xxx
Australia
07/08/2007 | 12:27 PM
Roger, i just want to wish you all the luck in your final against nadal.
I am very exciting!!!!
Nadal has worked hard to be there. Big respect to him.
And i am glad and very proud you made it also in yet another final, Roger.

I hope you can win th
07/08/2007 | 12:20 PM
CONGRATULATIONS ROGER!!!
Dear Roger, I m so proud of you!!!!! you re the KING OF THE GARDEN!!!! KEEP YOUR TITLE and keep Nadal OUT of your garden!!!!!
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