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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 | 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!
01/22/2008 | 09:44 PM
hOlaa!!
mucha suerte en el proximo partido!!
toda mi suerte esta contigo!!
tQm!!
bye
01/22/2008 | 09:26 PM
Kia Ora Roger,
I hope you are rested and regenerated well for the match this evening, which actually doesn't fit in with my work schedule, but I''m going to make an exception and hang in there for your match against Blake, and worry about work after that
01/22/2008 | 08:42 PM
Well done Champ getting to the Quarterfinals...you are so refreshingly honest and that is ONLY ONE of the things we love about you...Harriet in Northern Virginia USA I like James but I ALWAYS want you to win....
01/22/2008 | 08:27 PM
Cleocat I think you are 100% correct about Novak, He is the most arrogant player around, I hope he wins nothing!!! Roger is a better player and a better man. He will always be in our hearts!!! Go Roger!!!!!!
01/22/2008 | 07:20 PM
Rubenn you know I like you and your comments but you get me wrong. I said Nadal hasn't faced any of the top 20 player to get to the final, should he reach it, which is true. I stand by the fact that the draw has been completely in his favour. The cookie h
01/22/2008 | 07:07 PM
Dearest Roger,
Congrats on your advance to the Quarter Finals. I know you can do it even though your amazing talent has been a bit overshadowed that 'you, Roger are only human'... Your Fans will always believe in you!
Viel viel Glueck im match gegen Bla
01/22/2008 | 07:02 PM
Great going Champ! Well played! ou deserved it. Great shot selection and great over all play. Sorry I congratulated you so late, it was because my computer didn't work properly. Anyway I wish you all the best for your next match against Mr Blake.

Warm
01/22/2008 | 06:59 PM
dai dai ke lo portiamo a casa anke quest'altro titolo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! continua così......
01/22/2008 | 06:15 PM
Ruben,

You have to agree that Nadal was in the easiest/weakest QUARTER side of the draw. He wouldn’t meet a top 20 player until the quarterfinals… and then got lucky to meet injured Henry-Matthew (23) who had to retire. I don’t think Nadal would have m
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