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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 | 10:06 PM
weel done roger. Good luck of
match againts james blake
01/21/2008 | 10:04 PM
Dear Rog!!!
You're probably finding your best condition through every match, so keep focused and you'll play better and better....
we'll always support you,
go champ..!!!!! YOU are the #1!!!....

01/21/2008 | 09:59 PM
Dear Roger

I am so glad that you beat Berdych in three sets. Now relax and rejuvenate your body and get ready for the next round. Just go round by round please.

I didnt watch the match because I always get so nervous but thank God the results were
01/21/2008 | 09:55 PM
Congrats, Roger. The match against James will be tough, but who will be the winner? ROGER Just The Best ;)
01/21/2008 | 09:54 PM
Congrats, Super Roger!!!. You are the best!!!.
Good luck in the quarter finals.
You are the champion!!!
01/21/2008 | 09:43 PM
Hope you silence the critics for non-stop yakking regarding Nadal soon to be #1. Show them you're not going anywhere anytime soon.
They enjoy matches like the Tipsarevich one, they think it's good to challenge you and drag you down - it ain't so.

Y
01/21/2008 | 09:40 PM
Congrats on the nice win Roger!
01/21/2008 | 09:19 PM
good luck roger......we r all waiting fr ur 13th...
01/21/2008 | 09:16 PM
ahhh...that was a little bit easier on my stress level. Just keep up the confident play and i know you will do well! good luck against blake...i like him, but like you better!
ps. also saw that clip of you jumping over the obstacle in the hall after the
01/21/2008 | 09:02 PM
Good luck Roger with James Blake. I think You won't have any problems with him ;) Well... by now I think that only Rafa or maybe Novak can ,,stay on your way to VICTORY" ;)