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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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07/07/2007 | 11:51 PM
"Ladies and gentlemen, The Wimbledon Champion 2007 is ROGER FEDERER"
07/07/2007 | 11:49 PM
>>>ROGER---THE GIFT OF SWISS<<<
07/07/2007 | 11:47 PM
>>>ROGER---THE POWER OF SWISS<<<
07/07/2007 | 11:42 PM
I'm so excited!!!!
It's like a deja vu
All the luck in the world for the final
You can do it. It's your home, it's your people

Ezequiel
07/07/2007 | 11:36 PM
Good work Roger. Now it's Nadal's turn to face ur wrath. I hope u beat him in straight sets and maybe u can throw in a bagel or even two. Anyway, I wish u the best of luck in the final tomorrow. God willing, I'll see you carrying ur fifth wimbledon trophy
07/07/2007 | 11:32 PM
Roger, you were amazing.

GOOD luck for the Final. I'll be watching...we all will be watching! Seriously good luck. I really want to see you win. I know you can do it.

Your a champion!

07/07/2007 | 11:31 PM
Congratulations on another well played match today! Once again you had a great run up to the final and you will surely be crowned King of Wimbledon once again, as truly deserved, for the 5th time tomorrow!
All the best of luck for the final!
Go CHAMP!!!
07/07/2007 | 11:29 PM
Hi Roger !
Congratulations!!!
Don`t forget that the most important is to enjoy this moment, feel it and to be strong for this final.
You can do it !
Kindest regards
Silvana
Córdoba
Argentina
07/07/2007 | 11:26 PM
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
07/07/2007 | 11:11 PM
Best of luck tomorrow, I'm sure you'll do the job. :)