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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 | 03:27 PM
Hey Babby
Congrats for this match my love!Fantastic!!Keep it up...Best of luck for next round...Urs N@f..
01/22/2008 | 02:25 PM
Go,go,go for 3 straight title of AUOPEN
01/22/2008 | 02:00 PM
congrats Roger. its really been a tough tournament 4 u. well i wish you all the best in your other matches and i think there is a need for you to raise your game if you are going to win the trophy. ROGER give we your fans something to cheer about. you are
01/22/2008 | 02:00 PM
congrats Roger. its really been a tough tournament 4 u. well i wish you all the best in your other matches and i think there is a need for you to raise your game if you are going to win the trophy. ROGER give we your fans something to cheer about. you are
01/22/2008 | 01:59 PM
congrats Roger. its really been a tough tournament 4 u. well i wish you all the best in your other matches and i think there is a need for you to raise your game if you are going to win the trophy. ROGER give we your fans something to cheer about. you are
01/22/2008 | 01:57 PM
ALL ROGER FANS. Nadal could reach the final of a Grand Slam without having played ANY of the best 20 plyers in the world. Just shows the joke of a draw by the AO organisers. Go to
australianopen.com and e-mail your complaints about this! it's a disgrace
01/22/2008 | 01:50 PM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations on your win against Berdych. So well deserved. Another hard fought match, especially in the 2nd set where you came back and forced the tie break. It was great to see you then take that and subsequently finish off the matc
01/22/2008 | 01:31 PM
Congratulations roger!

keep that winning tradition! God bless!
01/22/2008 | 01:28 PM
Well done! Go, Roger!
01/22/2008 | 01:24 PM
Congratulations roger!

keep that winning tradition! God bless!