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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 | 02:06 AM

guys and gals,

Have to break this into two halves as posing too long...Here I go again...:P

I say the following with all due respect to you all, we are on the same side of course, we want that title! This debate is healthy and exciting for us, thi
01/23/2008 | 02:06 AM
Continued..

Yes Djokovic and Nalbandian were in Rogers half, but not in his quarter, and would have faced each other, the winner to have faced Roger. So at the end of the day, he would have had only one of his major rivals to face before the potential
01/23/2008 | 02:00 AM
hey, Roger! I'll always be with you, because you are the greatest! Good luck!
01/23/2008 | 12:31 AM
Roger!
Good luck against Blake!, please don´t let Nadal take out your place!!!, you´re the number one!, we don´t want anybody else!!!!.
Fight for your crown KING!!!!
01/22/2008 | 11:15 PM
A note to point out here, Roger as we all know is playing American James Blake but do not forget that no American has defeated Roger since 2003 US open by Andy Roddick. He was the last American to defeat Roger and he is aware of that record. I see a strai
01/22/2008 | 11:06 PM
Hi Rubenn,

I am a die hard fan of Roger and I am in communication with Cleocat after reading his comments. Your comment was well said because obviously, all the seeded players in Nadal's quarter were all sent home. I complained about the same thing, th
01/22/2008 | 10:35 PM
Roger

I do like fairness, and I have to agree with your other fans the draw does seem favoured to Nadal.

You win, because you have a complete game which is lucky for us spectators who are true tennis fans.

I really want you to win this tourname
01/22/2008 | 10:27 PM
Roger,

I know you will be back at your best and will come out strong against Blake tonight. You’re and always will be a winner-on and off the court. Remember we (your worldwide bunch) will be here cheering you on.

Best wishes and keep a happy heart!
01/22/2008 | 10:07 PM
GO ROGER!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!
Always and forever No.1-FEDEX
01/22/2008 | 09:51 PM
come on roger! Blake is a routine win. You have one tough draw though, Rafael Or Tsonga Or Ferrer and Djoko My luck goes out to you mate!
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