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US Open

30.08.2004 | Tennis

Roger has proceeded to the quarter finals in New York due to an injury of his opponent Andrei Pavel. Romania's Pavel had to call off the match because of his blocked back. Roger will now either meet Andre Agassi or Armenia’s Sargis Sargsian. This is the first time in Roger’s career to have made it to the round of the final eight, bringing him closer and closer to his third Grand-Slam title this year. The last player to have performed such a task was Mats Wilander in 1988. Roger has reached the fourth round at the US Open for the fourth time in a row – but he has also never managed to go any further until now. He defeated Fabrice Santoro (ATP 34) 6:0, 6:4, 7:6 (9:7). The two-day break after the match against Baghdatis did Roger well. His appearance was a lot more solid than in the former rounds. Roger clearly produced more winners (56) than unforced errors (37), put Fabrice Santoro under constant pressure and never lost his serve during the match that lasted 123 minutes. Santoro only had a break-ball in the very first game. In the next round Roger will either meet Lee Hyung-Taik (SKor/ATP 74) or Andrei Pavel (Rum/ATP 18), the number eight seed. He holds a positive history against both players.

 

Roger has reached the third round of the US-Open in New York. He defeated Cyprus’ Marcos Baghdatis 6:2, 6:7, 6:3, 6:1 and will now face the winner of the match Dmitri Tursunow (RUS) against Fabrice Santoro (FRA-31). Baghdatis, aged 19 and the world’s best junior player 2003, was a tough adversary. “He seized his chance and came into the game during the second set” said Roger, who then went on to win the next two sets cleary.

 
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