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Thailand Open

27.09.2004 | Tennis

Roger seems to be unstoppable in Bangkok. He has reached the final, defeating local hero Paradorn Srichaphan 7-5, 2-6, 6-3. Roger's challenger will once again be USA's Andy Roddick . Roger started swiftly into the first set and won the first three games 3-0. But he then lost three games in a row, at a score of 5-2, eventually winning the set 7-5. In the second set, Srichaphan managed a double-break taking home the set 6-2. Roger kept his cool. He came back to hold easily and won the set 6-3 to proceed to the final tomorrow. This is Roger's tenth final of an ATP tournament this year. On the whole, Roger has won the last eleven finals. His last defeat in a final dates back to 13 July 2003 in Gstaad against Jiri Novak (Czech). Thanks to his tenth victory in a row, Roger's victories amount to a total of 68, 50 of which without losing a set.

 

Roger is en route to his tenth tournament victory this year. He beat Sweden's Robin Söderling 7:6 (7:3), 6:4 in the quarter finals and is thus qualified for the semi-finals. There he will either play Paradorn Srichaphan (Thai) or Dennis van Scheppingen (Ho). After his success against his fellow countryman Yvo Heuberger, Roger seemed to have difficulties against Söderling. He nevertheless managed to win the tiebreak thanks to two aces. In the second set, Söderling played fierce tennis and even managed a break. Eventually, after 1:22 hours of play, Roger finished the match with another ace.

 

Roger has easily reached the quarter finals in Bangkok. He clearly defeated country fellow Ivo Heuberger in 51 minutes 6:1, 6:3 and will face Sweden’s young Robin Söderling tomorrow. Roger had won his first encounter on the pro-tour with Söderling, currently number 53 in the international ranking, 7:5, 6:1 in Montreal. He sees the Swede as a “young and dangerous man” who has however not shown any really good games so far. Roger has reached the next round at the ATP-tournament in Bangkok by defeating France’s Nicolas Thomann 6:4, 7:6 (7:4). His next opponent is fellow countryman Ivo Heuberger who won his match against Attila Savolt. «It was not a great performance, but good, and I am happy to have won my first match in Thailand». Before the game Roger mentioned that he felt well and prepared. He is enjoying Asia very much, especially the open and warm way the people treat him. He is glad to see as many Swiss players in the field: Chiudinelli, Rosset and Heuberger. Unfortunately Marc Rosset is already out after his match against Australia’s Paul Baccanello. Roger is also looking forward to the doubles matches with Yves Allegro very much.

 
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