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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 | 07:17 PM
Hi Roger,

Well done to reach the semis! Congratulations!
Two more matches to go; you can do it!

Next up, Novak. Now it's time to bring on the A-game for sure, because this kid has a lot power and zest. Pick your spots and be patient. You definitely
01/24/2008 | 06:48 PM
Roger,

Keep your feet moving and unleash your strokes with authority!

I guess Novak will do the 3-step thing: serve wide to pull you out of the court; hit the ball to the opposite direction; step in to kill.

You can do the same and more than that
01/24/2008 | 05:52 PM
Hi Roger,

Keep your eyes open on Tsonga!
Hop Roger!
01/24/2008 | 05:51 PM
Wonderful win, Roger!
And go on and destroy Djokovic's dream.
I think he's a bit full of himself right now, so please go out there tomorrow and prove the difference between the nr. 1 and 3!!!
I wish you, of course, all the luck I can give you, but I th
01/24/2008 | 05:50 PM
Roger, may you know, love and live the Truth today and always.

Your life is an inspiration and a joy to all who see that your prayer is answered.

A and K in NY
01/24/2008 | 05:44 PM
Hi Roger!

Brilliant play once again maestro. You played superbly. The way you stuck through in each rally and then produced a crunching winner was simply admirable. You're serve was fantastic! I wish you all the luck I can wish you for your next match
01/24/2008 | 05:22 PM
i am sure you can won AO and i am sure aboyt your victory against novak .
you are the best!
01/24/2008 | 05:14 PM
Goodluck, Roger!!! I hope you will conquer Djokovic like you did in last year's US Open Final. We will be cheering you on tomorrow! Gooooooooooooooo Rogerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!
01/24/2008 | 05:09 PM
Salut cher Roger,

Congratulations on making the AO semi-final - and double congratulations as it's your 15th consecutive Grand Slam semi-final. It's a record by a long way. Well done on your awesome achievement, Roger! You defeated my 2nd favourite
01/24/2008 | 04:57 PM
All the best at the match against Djokovic. Your athletism and brilliance will bring the victory...hugs,