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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 | 07:03 AM
congrats Roger...!
Go on !
01/22/2008 | 06:46 AM
I TOTALLY agree with bonzie & brilliant roger about Nadal's draw. It's a JOKE! The whole tennisworld wants to see Roger lose. They want to create a sensastion. Roger seems a bit quiet to me as far as the press is concerned these days. I think he feels th
01/22/2008 | 06:24 AM
I trust you, Roger.
01/22/2008 | 06:12 AM
Congrats!! Me, my sister and our friends have so much fun watching you! Your so nice and a really great guy.. Well done on another awsum win!!
Keep on trying your hardest and going strong.. we all love you! :)
01/22/2008 | 05:25 AM
Oh my! Roger!!!
As one fan said, we have had a close to death experience with your 3rd round match, but in the end you made it when it counted. and then you won again, thanks be to God. Now I've been saying some ardent prayers that you have come through
01/22/2008 | 05:11 AM
Well done. Your still adding to the grey hairs. Have a great win next round still can't wait to see you holding the Aussie trophy.
01/22/2008 | 04:15 AM
You're unbelievable!!
I wish you could know how much your victories make my day and how you're a big part of life!!
Well done champ!!
Your fan forever
Elsy xxx
01/22/2008 | 04:00 AM
Nice man, James Blake, and I would pull for him against anyone BUT you.

Rest well, play well, and hope you win tomorrow. Your playing is splendid, superb, and sublime - especially when you're feeling your best.

May you be lifted to play your best
01/22/2008 | 03:59 AM
roger you´ll win the australian open!!!!! you are the best i love youuuuu.... i hope you are ready to win and keep going this way!!
01/22/2008 | 03:38 AM
Congratulations, Roger!!! We watch and support all your matches rooting for you all the way. Thanks for being such a credit to the game-you raise the whole level of tennis. And you always look great!!