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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 | 12:29 PM
Dear Roger
Wish you everything smoothly tomorrow .I believe ,and I think all your fans believe that you can win the final cup . I just hope that you can be calm and turst yourself .I think I must be wrong but I indeed feel that you seems a little anx
01/24/2008 | 12:26 PM
Good win against James Blake, who I thought played very well. Please beat Novak, and silence that tongue of his, who knows you could be doing him a favour, it might be the makings of him. Go federer.
01/24/2008 | 12:04 PM
Bagdhatis came out of nowhere to advance to the AO open final and lost

Gonzales came out of nowhere to advance to the AO open final and lost

Rainer Schuittler came out of nowhere to advance to the AO open final and lost

Carlos Moya came out of no
01/24/2008 | 12:04 PM
Well done Tsonga! It's called KARMA. Anyone with such an easy draw should never be in the finals! Roger you know what to do. JUST DO IT!
01/24/2008 | 12:02 PM
My congratulations here:)Even if you may not see this~It was great against Blake.He's very dangerous.
I've just seen another great semifinal...just wonder if you saw that...Tsonga was really UNBLIEVEABLE....It was just too good to say anything.
So be ca
01/24/2008 | 11:50 AM
Dear Roger,
Now R.Nadal is lose to J. Tsonga, It a good new for us. You should stay focus, confidence in your self when you againt N.Djokovic, you can do it and AO trophy is your.

with love_your fan
01/24/2008 | 11:49 AM
Wish u all the best tomorrow ;)

Lana-oxxo-
01/24/2008 | 11:44 AM
Hi roger, i dont konw whether you'll read this but i have to write to you. I just want to say that Djokovic is a big threat and that if you want to beat him you'll have to give your best. Put pressure aside by stop thinking about record and just enjoy the
01/24/2008 | 11:43 AM
Congratulations Roger!!!!
Unfortunately I coudln't watch the match, sinse I was sitting an exam at that time, but I'm sure it was quite good.
Good luck against Djokovic!!!!!!
All my love,
Lydia XOXOX
01/24/2008 | 10:34 AM
all the best my roger i really love u
do ur best
n i know at the end of the daty u wil be the winner
take care
all the best