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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 | 09:51 AM
Congratulations, my Roger! But be careful with Novak. I see he's improved so much in 2008. Try your best and take the 13th Grand Slam.
01/24/2008 | 09:25 AM
Go Roger!
It's a nice game.
3-0 is all I want to see.
01/24/2008 | 09:17 AM
Do your best, Roger. I believe you can beat Djokovic in the semis. I'll cross my fingers for you.

with love,
01/24/2008 | 09:13 AM
that was another amazing performance .i hate to see what they are writing those stupid journalists ,so what u had a bad game .after all those finals and everything u have acheived ,one bad game and they are saying it is over for u
01/24/2008 | 08:55 AM
At www.eurosport.com is the pool "Who is the greatest?". This week Roger is in a group. Please, vote for him, because Croatian people are organized for voting for handball player Balic, and right now his leading.
01/24/2008 | 08:50 AM
Dear roger,
U won the match between you and Blake.
You played really amazing!I couldn't stop to cheers you wherever i am,in every match u play!The first time,i worried about your condition,because i know that u played 4 hours in the previous
01/24/2008 | 08:48 AM
Have the best concentration on all moments.
Carefully, please play a safe match steadily.
Go steadily in two more games.

01/24/2008 | 08:12 AM
Good job for your yesterday win, Roger! Unfortunately, I cannot see all your matches as I am working, but I am seeing the scores on the internet and... my colleagues have to bear with my reactions all the time :)).
Good luck for the match you'll play wi
01/24/2008 | 07:02 AM
Dear Roger:

What a fantastic job! At 4:00 AM in my country, I had a great smile for your performance in the game; but I must to sleep for a work day. At 7:30 AM, finally I could see the score. Hurra, good for you!

This Open is specially hard; we had
01/24/2008 | 06:59 AM
Hi Roger,

Congratulations on your win over James!!

You did great,

Please step up a gear against Djoko!!

We know you can do it.

Good luck tomorrow!!

lots of love and greetings x H