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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 | 05:20 PM
Wow, awsome job Roger! You squeaked by Hewitt, literally. I can't remember the last time Hewitt hit like he did in this match. Then again, he had way to many double faults. Poor guy. Don't get me wrong, I was rooting for you the whole time. :) I th
08/19/2007 | 05:13 PM
Go Roger I believe you can attempt for title 50.Fighting Fighting
08/19/2007 | 05:13 PM
Congrats,Roger!Show them in the finals the best you can!
08/19/2007 | 05:05 PM
i am excited!!! we all are my sweet roger!

be cool as u are...
i admire you for being confident but never complacent ...

i offered prayers for u
God bless u all the way!!!

kisssssss


08/19/2007 | 05:00 PM
LESS MISS!!!
GOOD LUCK!!!!!
08/19/2007 | 04:56 PM
Well done Roger, my nerves are in shreads after that match, i still dont think you are playing your best tennis.
Good luck against Blake.
Hope you win your 50th title.
Take care.
Love Joyce. X
08/19/2007 | 04:51 PM
HEY ROGER,

I KNOW YOU CAN BEAT BLAKE; YOU ARE THE BEST; SIMPLY THE BEST.

CONGRATULATIONS FOR THIS NEW CHANCE TO EARN YOUR 50-WIN MARK.

LUV YA
08/19/2007 | 04:50 PM
Congratulaton Roger for another final! I hope that you're gonna beat Blake and win your 50th title!
All the best,
Dina
08/19/2007 | 04:44 PM
Dear Roger,
Your match against Hewitt was a real nail-biter! I wish I could relax while you play Blake today; but Blake is a tough competitor, too. Good Luck! Play well! Make your 50th win come true!
08/19/2007 | 04:34 PM
Roger, I wonder if you are worrying too much about getting older, being the greatest player of all time and hanging on to Number One? I know you must discuss this with Tiger Woods and of course he can continue on and get more titles because Golf is a le