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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 | 01:22 AM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations for the 5th final and the likely 5th Wimbledon title.

Go for it with your boldness and determination against a respected rival Rafa !!!
Rafa is the king of clay but Roger, the KING of Grass.

Your offensive all-around
07/08/2007 | 12:55 AM
After you destroy that evil spirit, I'll breathe the fress air again, I'll sing a song again, I'll find the world beautiful again. I'll find the peace and harmony again. I'll love myself again. I'll enjoy the tennis even more again.

Mira
07/08/2007 | 12:53 AM
GOOD LUCL MY HERO
07/08/2007 | 12:51 AM
Roger:

Please give him a wedgie that he'll never forget!

Ellen
07/08/2007 | 12:51 AM
Go Roger finish that evil spirit time waster, noise maker and grinder Nadal. This evil spirit guy doesn't even have a decent game and I'm so surprise to see him in the final. He is the one who is so vocal about the Wimbledon's schedule, he is the one who
07/08/2007 | 12:45 AM
So happy for today, congratulations and thanks!
Looking forward to the HAPPY END of tomorrow...
07/08/2007 | 12:44 AM
Go Roger, finish this job..get the cup from Bjorg..It's gonna be so awesome..
cb
07/08/2007 | 12:32 AM
It was wonderful to see you build up your momentum after a close and difficult first set. Watching Gasquet play against Roddick gave me the same excitement that comes from watching you and there were touches of the Feddy in his play today.

Nadal has d
07/08/2007 | 12:27 AM
The land of strawberry and cream - who could ask for anything more wonderful than a great sunny day and sweet delight to see Bjorn Borg in the Royal Box stand watching you knowing that you are on the brink of matching up his illustrious winning streak at
07/08/2007 | 12:19 AM
Hi Roger,
Your battle with Gasquet today was extraordinary even Bjorg was suprised, i hope u put the same effort tomorrow to CRUSH NADAL for the 5th consecutive win at wimby!

Beat RAFA by 6-0 ,6-0
& show who's the King of all courts!

TOMORROW: