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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 | 02:48 AM
Dear Roger,

The way you overcame Gasquet today was simply sublime. Your serving was FANTASTIC and the way you came through any break points, amazing. No real sniff did Baby Fed get!!

I am just constantly bedazzled by your wonderful movement around t
07/08/2007 | 02:46 AM
i'm so happy! Congratz! good luck beating rafael nadal! you can do it and you will win your 5th wimbledon tittle!
best wishes and luck!! :):):)
07/08/2007 | 02:32 AM
Believe in yourself and have confidence in your abilities, then good things will follow. Wish you the best to attain your goal
Raj
07/08/2007 | 02:26 AM
I am praying for you!!!
07/08/2007 | 02:14 AM
Dear Roger,
Good luck tomorrow in the Wimbleton Final. I wil be getting up early on Sunday morning in Toronto to watch you fight for your 5th Wimbleton title. Fight hard, do well on your first serves like today, and give us your best tennis ever. I loo
07/08/2007 | 02:13 AM
It has been said that Nadal is a lion. But he is not.

The Lion has beauty and creativity and strength of spirit. He has royal grace and greatness of heart.

You are the Lion, Roger. That is your birthright. It is who you are.

Show the world no
07/08/2007 | 01:58 AM
Never ever thought I’d want to see another player equal Bjorn Borg’s record of 5 consecutive Wimbledon titles until you came along. Learning that Bjorn is willing you on makes me very happy too and knowing that he has at last come back to Wimbledon as a
07/08/2007 | 01:57 AM
Congratulations !
Good luck for the final
We are all with you, Roger !
07/08/2007 | 01:35 AM
QUERIDO ROGER.- ME SIENTO MUY FELIZ POR TI Y TODO LO QUE HAS LOGRADO. QUIERO VERTE GANAR MAÑANA PORQUE REALMENTE TE LO MERECES...SOLO SE TU MISMO, TEN CONFIANZA EN TU JUEGO Y NO DEJES PASAR NADA!! LE PIDO A DIOS QUE TE BENDIGA Y TE ACOMPAÑE PARA TU 5° TIT
07/08/2007 | 01:27 AM
what can i say, you really make me appy when you win, im sure im gunna be even happier tomorrow when you kiss that fag's ass!! GOO ROGERRRR!!!!!