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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 | 05:16 AM
Good job maestro! Keep it up for two more matches with the same intensity, passion, drive and flair... and wish you good luck for the Australian Open 2008 title!
15 Grandslam SF appearances on the trot! Superb!
01/24/2008 | 05:10 AM
Go Roger! All the best and all the good luck of the world to u for winning the tournament! Lots of kisses :)
01/24/2008 | 05:07 AM
Wowowow!!! Yeah my dear Roger!! I wish you have all the success in the world! You're a great man! God bless you!! Good luck! You can do all you want to ok? I love you! =) Bye!
01/24/2008 | 04:58 AM
Congrats Roger! Please be extra focused and agressive in the semi against Djokovic. Go Roger!
01/24/2008 | 04:57 AM
Congrats Rogers.
I was praying for you when you won against Janko, 'cos it was a highly tensed up match for us as fans to watch. I knew you would beat James, in spite of all that has happened.

I know you can beat Djokovic too, despite his current for
01/24/2008 | 03:58 AM
Congrats, Champ!! Please take care with Djokovic!! We're all here for you.
01/24/2008 | 03:47 AM
awesome job Roger! James Blake is one of my favorite players, but of course I cheered for you! I'm so happy and can't wait to watch your next match. Good luck and take care!
Love, Sarah :)
01/24/2008 | 03:35 AM
Roger,

Congratulations for the new records of 209th consecutive weeks at # 1 and 15th consecutive GS semi-final. You’re simply amazing!!! Now it’s time to step it up and silence the Djoker. You’re right-just let your own game do the talking. I’ve ev
01/24/2008 | 03:29 AM
well done, Roger!
but it's not a clean & tidy from match though......
seems like cannot find any rhythm. dunno if those are forced or unforced errors, but just simply way too many balls either flew WAY wide or not able to go across the net.....|||| wa
01/24/2008 | 03:28 AM
Hi Roger,
Well, you got down to business and beat Blake in 3 sets. Awesome.
I always like it when you get down to business.
Earlier on TV there was a car commercial on singing the old tune "Make someone happy, and you will be happy too" and I immediate