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Next up: James Blake

21.01.2008 | Tennis

Roger advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals with a clear, straight set win over Tomas Berdych on Monday: 6-4, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3.

 

Roger only won 20 more points than his Czech opponent throughout the match, but won the ones that mattered most. He convincingly won the opener but slipped 3-0 down in the second before breaking back to force a tiebreak. The Czech led 5-2 in the tiebreak and squandered two set points, netting a terrible drop shot at 6-5 and sending a forehand long at 7-6 before Roger won it 9-7. Our star then eased through the third set in convincing style and sealed victory in just under two hours.

 

"He was playing better (than me) in the second set, honestly," Roger said in a courtside interview. "He got an early lead, then played well in the breaker. In the end, maybe he made a wrong shot selection. It's unfortunate for him, but jeez, it's good for me to win in straight sets."

 

Roger now meets American James Blake in the quarter finals.

 
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01/23/2008 | 11:04 AM
close the match Roger!
01/23/2008 | 10:43 AM
Dear Roger,

Take care with Novak. I am sure that you will win Blake, but Novak is playing his best in this tournament. Watch some videos about his victories and stay ready to fight for every point. Believe me, he will. I am sure that you can win he in
01/23/2008 | 10:15 AM
What can I say... I think the fact that you are and you will always be world's n.1 says it all...
I am sure you will prevail against Blake. Good luck at the final!
Emilia
01/23/2008 | 09:19 AM
Roger,
I wish you the best of luck from Santa Barbara, California.
We will be watching you closely even at 12:30 A.M. You are doing great!
01/23/2008 | 09:00 AM
Roger,my hero
Congrats. wish you the championship in this games.
I am glad you are improving your game day by day
01/23/2008 | 09:00 AM
Roger all the luck of the planet and more than that, I have no doubt that you will get it and keep your No 1 rank. I will watch and be delighted with your game once again. God Bless you, your are the best
01/23/2008 | 07:02 AM
Good luck i really want to see you at the final vs nadal, i know you can win
01/23/2008 | 04:42 AM
Dear Roger, you're a so kind and friendly person, your fans are really proud of you.
But tonight, you have to beat your friend James whom we like very much,too.

Nadal, is very,very respectful to our roger, but look at Djokovic, I don't want to say tha
01/23/2008 | 04:34 AM
Dear Roger,

You're a so kind and friendly person, your fans
are really proud of you.
But tonight, you have to beat your friend James whom we like very much,too.

Nadal, is very,very respectful to our roger, but look at Djokovic, I don't want to sa
01/23/2008 | 03:30 AM
Hi Roger,
What a blankety blankety day it truly is.
Between Justine loosing and Heath Ledger dying, I just don't know.
It's a bad day for Australia. I really feel for his family, and with a 2 year old little boy, how sad.
I remember him saying he gr
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