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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 | 03:21 AM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations! We will cheer for in the next game. Keep it cool and best of luck.

01/24/2008 | 03:11 AM
Allez Roger!!!
01/24/2008 | 02:30 AM
Congratulations to you Roger! I'de really love watching your game. Good job. Looking to semi-final match against Djokovic. I know you can beat him. Wish you always in good health,good luck and God Bless!
01/24/2008 | 02:27 AM
01/24/2008 | 02:21 AM
Felicidades rOg!!
jugaste muy bien!!

te deseo lo mejor para la semifinal!
te qiero muchisimo!
01/24/2008 | 02:05 AM
IT´s me again, sorry. i just realize something. who are those fuckers that saying that nadal is gonna be number 1. if you lose, really that thing piss me off so much. is´t not right. you have more tittles and he not. so it will be more better, that you wo
01/24/2008 | 01:57 AM
Congratulations, Roger!!
01/24/2008 | 01:54 AM
well done roger!!!!!!
i am so happy for you, you beat deam good on blake. And i know that novak is goin to be a little bit of work, But remenber, is you and only you, who can beat him. because you are the number 1. good luck golden boy.
by the way, you
01/24/2008 | 01:37 AM
Hola Roger, felicitaciones un gran triunfo, continua asi, de verdad que fue extraordinario tu juego. Como quisiera verte jugar en vivo. Algun dia Roger.
Con mucho cariño.
01/24/2008 | 01:24 AM
Dude, that was so much fun. Do it again next match, ok?

In love with your game. A thing of beauty it is.