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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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01/21/2008 | 11:05 PM
I'll be watching and rooting for you as always. I only take the time to watch the matches you're in as I your strokes are so beautiful to watch.

You need to keep fighting hard as noone is going to give you the win. I really want you to win and stay #
01/21/2008 | 11:02 PM
hi roger!
you did a a great work
be alwayes like this
good luck
sarah
01/21/2008 | 11:01 PM
Hello Dearest Roger!! Many Many CONGRATULATIONS on this great victory. That's ur true style, winning in straight sets is just amazing. That's the way it should proceed.

Go Roger Go.

Best of Luck against James.

Regards;

urs,

Fan.No.1

Kas
01/21/2008 | 11:01 PM
Congratulations Roger for this great open!!
Good Luck on Wednesday against James Blake!!

Greetings from Barcelona
01/21/2008 | 10:58 PM
Roger you kick ass!!

such a pleasure to watch you play... i'm waking up at 3, 4, 5 am to catch your televised matches in my part of the world... skipping classes in university and turn off the cell :-)

just keep it up, i'm keeping my fingers crosse
01/21/2008 | 10:47 PM
Thanks to LD 18 for the youtube info, it was nice to hear what we “shouldn’t have” heard (from the tv’s point of view). I’m sorry I’m not able (due to lack of knowledge) to do the same for you and other fans with the Swiss interviews.
I also agree with B
01/21/2008 | 10:45 PM
well done ^_^
good luck in the next game...
allez...
01/21/2008 | 10:37 PM
Kia Ora Roger,
Congratulations on the fine win against Tomas, but please regenerate, and rest well for your next match up against James.
Hey I watched and thoroughly enjoyed the doco on you on the Bio channel last night. I had a big 'crack-up' watching
01/21/2008 | 10:33 PM
Well Done, Roger!
I wish Best of luck to you in your Quarter-Final match!
01/21/2008 | 10:16 PM
Congratulations on your win today! You once again
showed us your tough 'never give up' determination in the second set tie- break. I also felt you showed a lot more emotion today giving yourself a lot more encouragement than normal which was great to