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Another attempt for title no. 50

18.08.2007 | Tennis

Roger battled into the final of the Cincinnati Masters as Lleyton Hewitt saved three match points before falling 6-3, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-1) Saturday in a dramatic battle.

"This was a classic match. It's always tough stuff between us," Roger said. "Playing Lleyton makes me nervous. He makes you miss so much, I'm happy to to escape with this win."

It took a battle of two hours, 35 minutes for Roger to advance in a sweat with 18 aces. He produced 46 winners, 36 unforced errors and broke Hewitt three times. "I needed those aces. It was good to get some freebies once in awhile. He is so aggressive, and this is a quick court." Roger had to battle back from a break down in the final set to fend off a rejuvenated Lleyton Hewitt.

Holder of the 2005 Cincinnati title, Roger is keen to crack the career 50-win mark after being denied last weekend by Novak Djokovic in the Montreal final. "To earn my 50th would be really special. I just missed it last week by three or four points. I'll give everything I have to get it here." Roger now holds a 13-7 record over Hewitt and will meet either Nikolaj Dawidenko or James Blake in the final.

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08/19/2007 | 09:55 PM
I think it either will be a good match, but with you as the victor.
08/19/2007 | 09:35 PM
good win, fed! and the best of luck and all my good vibes for the cincy final... which takes place in 30 mins!!!!!!!!!

see you at the us open! i will be there somewhere in the upper promenade! jaja
08/19/2007 | 09:30 PM

You brought out the guns when you needed against Hewitt. You made me pace the floor most of the match, but I kept faith and you won. Thats all that matters now. Good luck in the final, I will be watching from home, but wish I were there sittin
08/19/2007 | 09:24 PM
Hang tough, Roger. It's going to be another rough day at the office, Blake is playing like a fiend. You're going to have to frustrate him into submission. Bonne chance.
BTW to your Webmaster--we just LOVE the pictures you've been posting of Roger. W
08/19/2007 | 09:15 PM
Dearest Roger, best of luck to you today as you play for a 50th title. You are a super player and a great role model as well! We can't wait to see you play!
08/19/2007 | 09:11 PM
el 50 es tuyo hoy
eres el numero 1 del mundo
tu sabes como debes de jugar
esramos contigo hoy y siempre
roger Federer
vamos campeon
08/19/2007 | 08:12 PM
Hi Champ!

Great match with Hewitt!
Today, go out and get the 50th title. You deserve it.

Good luck!
08/19/2007 | 08:08 PM
i love you federer you're the best.goog luck
08/19/2007 | 07:44 PM
That was one hell of a scary match against Hewitt. But you made it through and I hope you will be playing a whole lot better against Blake tonite. Please stay focussed and avoid making so many unforced errors. You'll have to play agressively but p
08/19/2007 | 07:37 PM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations on your win against Hewitt. Good luck in the final against Blake. You can do it No. 1. Take care.

Love From Christinex