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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 | 06:01 AM
Roger, you are always the best. I believe that you can not only win the championship for the fifth time, but also the sixth, seventh and so on.
Just do your best, and you can win!
07/08/2007 | 05:57 AM
Roger, how sweet it was to see you arrive at the final one more time. Next, play your classic brilliant tennis and Rafa will be no threat to your winning your fifth Wimbledon title. We will be here at the end to celebrate this special victory with you.
G
07/08/2007 | 05:54 AM
Congrats!!!You'll beat Nadal tomorrow because you're always the King of grass! Tomorrow the 5th champion of Wimbledon and the 54 straight win matches on grass.Show all you got and win in straight sets.
with
love
07/08/2007 | 05:46 AM
Dearest Roger,

It is yours! Go and take it! GOOD LUCK!

Love,

Natalia
07/08/2007 | 05:41 AM
Hi Roger,
I have writen a song for you, "Gold Raquet", to be sung to the tune of Goldfinger, a really good James Bond film from the 60's. I will let you learn the tune first, then I will send you the words.
Can hardly wait 'till 6 am to have breakfast a
07/08/2007 | 05:36 AM
Go Roger!
Best of Luck.
07/08/2007 | 05:36 AM
Congratulations Roger....
Wish you all the best for the finals against Nadal......
Just play your natural game....again I emphasize....the records will follow....
Focus.....serve well....
07/08/2007 | 05:09 AM
Best of luck in the final, Roger. You can win it! We have faith in you. Letss gooo Rogerrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
07/08/2007 | 05:06 AM
CONGRATS ROGER WISHINK U ALL THE BEST COME ON U CAN BEAT RAFA!!!!!!!!!! PEOPLE IN AUSTRALIA THE MENS FINAL WILL BE AT 10:30pm ON CHANNEL 9
07/08/2007 | 05:03 AM
No one can stop you.
Come on.
We are always beside you to beat Nadal