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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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01/22/2008 | 12:31 AM
What a great tournament this year.....all of the players are stepping up. There are suprises, upsets and timeless matches that go late into the twilight.

There seems to be so much magic in the air in the land down under. GJ Fed and GJ Aussie's, the wor
01/22/2008 | 12:24 AM
THAT WAS AMAZING!!!! ONLY THREE MORE TO GO! CMON ROGER, HAT TRICK IN AUSTRALIA! GOOD LUCK FOR YOUR NEXT MATCHES, AND I'M GOING TO BE WATCHING YOU ALL THE TIME!!!!!!!!
01/22/2008 | 12:08 AM
Yess!, Well done Roger!
Luckily, this time I could watch the entire match. I was very nervous, as always.
It was such a great match, really not one of my favourites but however, I really enjoyed watching it.
Hope u to have a better match against James
01/21/2008 | 11:45 PM
Congratulations Roger on a good win today... Berdych has been playing well at the tournament and you did a really good job out there... I thought you looked a little tired at times tho?
Take care of yourself over the next couple of days and come out with
01/21/2008 | 11:22 PM
mi raccomando Roger sbarazzati di Blake in 3 set e cerca di migliorarti perchè neanche con Berdych mi sei piaciuto tanto. GO ROGER!!!!
01/21/2008 | 11:12 PM
dear Roger,

This was a good match and so pleased it was easier for you.
You are looking great!

Marie
xxx
01/21/2008 | 11:09 PM
dude i hope u beat james blake
01/21/2008 | 11:08 PM
Dearest Roger,

Congratulations on winning the match against Berdych in 3 sets! I loved your interview with Courier, which I saw on the forum - thanks guys!

Well James Blake awaits you in the next round. He has been playing very well and with confid
01/21/2008 | 11:06 PM
ROGER: GRACIAS POR TANTO TENIS. TE DESEO MUCHA SUERTE DESDE ARGENTINA. !!!SOS EL NUNERO 1 DEL MUNDO!!
01/21/2008 | 11:06 PM

Congratulations¡¡¡¡ you should call "Roger Tennnis", but it is not going to confiarze by another Gram Slam ...
Greetings from MedeLLin COLOMBIA =)