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Semis: here we come

23.01.2008 | Tennis

Roger mastered American James Blake for an eighth straight time to claim a 7-5, 7-6(5), 6-4 win in two hours to march into Friday's semi-final against Novak Djokovic.

 

Both players exchanged service breaks early in the opening set and Blake was in the match before a forehand error on set point handed Roger the first set. It was the same again in the second with services exchanged but Blake came under pressure on his service and fought off break points in the eighth and two set points in the 10th before the set went to a tiebreaker - going to Roger in the end.

 

Roger eventually held two match points and clinched victory when Blake's backhand sailed over the baseline at the end of the third set. "James is such a great player, hits some incredible shots and he's so dangerous on any point, he's improved a lot over the last few years," Roger said after the match.

 

The victory keeps alive Roger's drive to win the first Grand Slam of the year for the third consecutive time and pull within one of Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam titles. "It's great to be on top of the game for so long and be compared to the greats like Rod Laver and Sampras," Roger said. His comment to the upcoming match against Djokovic, Roger commented: "He's done a phenomenal job, four semi-finals of Grand Slams at his age, I was never close to that at his age, he's improved so much in the last couple of years and it's exciting playing the best in the world".

 
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01/24/2008 | 06:58 AM
It's crazy to say that watching tennis can make you believe in God, but... It's impossible to watch you play without believing that some greater power is behind all this talent! You were meant to rewrite history, and God will be with you every step of the
01/24/2008 | 06:51 AM
Cheers to you Roger!!!

We out here in California are staying up all night to watch you succed and of course you are not letting us down! Good luck in the semi-final. My family and I are looking forward to seeing you in March at the Pacific Life Open.
01/24/2008 | 06:51 AM
Dear Roger

Please, I am begging you, just make sure that you defeat that big head boy, Novak Djokovic.
He certainly has a problem with himself, so boasty and full of himself. He needs to be put in his place promptly. So please do that for me and all
01/24/2008 | 06:39 AM
congo roger...................
but be careful...............
you have novak next................though u defeated him in the us open finals..........he has improved a gr8 deal over the months and hasn't lost a set yet!!!

take care ...................
01/24/2008 | 06:38 AM
Congrats Roger....

Good lick with novak, but you dont need it....

Please win the match.
01/24/2008 | 06:06 AM
Roger, I believe you are the best, and you will win the final title! I know you are the greatest player in history. I pray for you every day, and I know God always blesses you!
01/24/2008 | 06:06 AM
I do believe u can win the Ao again Roger and that it's gonna be a tough match Novac but u got it all CHAMPION!!! So go for that trophy we all support u...
01/24/2008 | 05:56 AM
Congratulations CHAMP! On to the semifinals... I agree with A & K. Half of the battle will be decided what's between the ears! You are so strong mentally that you will win your semifinal match against Djokovic. GO ROGER GO!
01/24/2008 | 05:47 AM
Just go,Roger!!!!
Ahead for the CHAMPION!!!!!!!
01/24/2008 | 05:19 AM
I see you are part of the D & G (doom and gloom)team Butterfly 22 ; )

Thank GOD, there are so many people who believe that our CHAMP will hack it against this young rooster. And, with HIM (our dear GOD), nothing is impossible, even when men like y