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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 | 06:58 PM
Good luck for the finals Rogie.. Its a fast court. Blake should be tough to beat.
08/19/2007 | 06:57 PM
Good luck today, Rog! Blake is playing very well and hopefully you can get inside his head, as you always do. Then his body will slump and you will take over. See you in NYC soon!
08/19/2007 | 06:35 PM
Dimenticavo di dirti.....
08/19/2007 | 06:21 PM
Caro Roger,
sono d'accordo con le persone che dicono che tu senti il peso dentro di te di restare numero uno, forse qualche sconfitta ti ha fatto male ed hai perso la sicurezza che avevi, penso che tu debba credere in te, sei grande e l'hai dimostrato...
08/19/2007 | 06:07 PM
Dearest Rog,

What a tough battle it was against Hewitt. He fought tooth and nail to beat you but you had the mettle and spirit to pull out an amazing tie break to win. Fantastic, Rog and Congratulations on the victory.

You're going to have to battl
08/19/2007 | 06:07 PM
Well played great match. Now have fun and best of luck with blake
08/19/2007 | 06:05 PM
I am not sure where you all get off giving Roger advice here (and thinking he is taking it!!). Anything you are saying he has, of course, thought of...and all these players have been trying to figure out for years how to beat this one man, so it is no w
08/19/2007 | 05:58 PM
My prayers are with you today in your match against James.
08/19/2007 | 05:41 PM
All the best Roger for your 50th title :)
08/19/2007 | 05:40 PM
Congratulations ROGER!!!

As for me, you look forward to raising a trophy! I love you ROGER...