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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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01/25/2008 | 03:41 AM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations on your victories so far in the AO. The level of tennis is amazing, there have been so many fantastic matches to watch. All this is due to you having been dictating the level of play to become higher and higher. Lucky for us
01/25/2008 | 03:35 AM
well done roger, this year is your grand slam, you are the best
01/25/2008 | 03:21 AM
ALL THE BEST IN TONIGHTS MATCH! YOU ARE NO. 1, YOU ARE THE CHAMPION. THE GAP AIN'T CLOSING ANYTIME SOON. YOU WILL WIN, ROGER, NOT JUST TONIGHT'S MATCH BUT THE TITLE AS WELL!
01/25/2008 | 02:23 AM
GO ROGER! I will be ROOTINg For you TODAY!
01/25/2008 | 01:48 AM
Please Roger, kick his ass tomorrow.
He is an arrogant serb who is so far away from your class...
01/25/2008 | 01:42 AM
Good luck against Djokovic.
Have to go to bed now so that I can get up and watch you at 2:00 in the morning.
Raj
01/25/2008 | 01:36 AM
Roger:

Once again congratulations on a job well done. Yes. Djokovic has improved extremely well, but you still have the better skills to read the players and know their weaknesses. Go out their and show everyone why you are still #1 in the world! Go
01/25/2008 | 12:57 AM
Dear Roger,
good luck tomorrow against Novak!
Your 13th trophy is so close!!!
Go for it!!!, it´s yours!
01/25/2008 | 12:54 AM
grabajan,

Rogers comments are not necessarily arrogant, they are quite simply the truth.

'The Age', Melbourne's main newspaper put out an article on wednesday called 'The end is nigh' claiming feds best days were behind him. On the basis of what? O
01/24/2008 | 11:57 PM
DEAR ROGER
TOMORROW MORNING OUR SCHOOL CANTINE IS FULL OF STUDENTS TO WATCH YOU WIN!!!
OH I HOPE SO YOU WILL.
PLAY YOUR HEART OUT AGAINST THAT JOKER.
GOOD LUCK.
JOEP
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