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Roger into quarters

08.05.2008 | Tennis

Roger is still on track for a first title in Rome after defeating Croatian Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (4), 6-3 in his third round clash.

 

"It's difficult to judge against Ivo, he has an unbelievable serve, the best in the game," Roger said. "You don't play much on the baseline and you're always under pressure but I'm playing well and feeling good."

 

Conditions were fast on Centre Court in Rome and our champ’s 208 cm tall opponent once again served extremely well. Roger managed to fashion six break points in the first set but each one was saved by booming serves. Yet in the first set tie-break he made the breakthrough at 5-4 with a brilliant forehand return pass before a netted backhand from Karlovic handed him the set.

Roger landed a forehand on the line to finally break Karlovic's serve and take a 3-2 lead in the second set, then broke again to close out the match when the Croatian missed a volley. He next faces Czech Radek Stepanek. The head-to-head between the two is 4-1 in Roger’s favour, Roger having won the last four encounters.

 

 
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05/09/2008 | 06:55 PM
Roger, you are again out.
I can't beleive it and I start to think that you do it in purpose. Is it a tactic to keep yourself on a good distanse from Rafa in #1 race, to stay fresh next tournament, to be on the top in France and to be able to win Olympics
05/09/2008 | 06:52 PM
perhaps somebody knows how many points he would gain here? And how many he would lose were he to lose the final at Hamburg?
05/09/2008 | 06:48 PM
His serve is not there....He shouldn't lose this match...
05/09/2008 | 06:48 PM
Roger,
Too bad you lost. I expected you to win this match . Iam feeling bad when you lost asimple match..why you lost this chance my dear?
I hope you the best in the next champions.
take care of your self.
05/09/2008 | 06:45 PM
Dear Roger Team and Fans,

Well, what I have to say is, forget. You are not ready this year for Hamburg, Roland Garros, or whatever other tournament.

I can't believe that you lost this game. Stepanek is an ordinary player. Now everyone is ready to ge
05/09/2008 | 06:39 PM
Kia Ora Roger,
Despite the loss to Radek, I commend you for 'digging deep' to come back from 0-3 in the second set, equalizing at 5-5 which showed great spirit. It was nice to see that the crowd were in full support, however, hopefully this exit will giv
05/09/2008 | 06:38 PM
Lieber Roger,

You have nothing to be ashamed of. You played brilliantly at times and showed great fortitude in coming back in the second set. For the fans who didn't see it, Rogi was very dominant in the first set, holding serve much more easily ever
05/09/2008 | 06:37 PM
What you doing, Roger!!!I'm unhappy !! Please, Roger- win !!! Ludmila
05/09/2008 | 06:36 PM
So sad over the loss,some excellent shots.Many thanks to you and your team for a spirited game.All good wishes to you all for the next tournament.
Candy
05/09/2008 | 06:35 PM
Roger,
Too bad you lost. I expected you to win this match. But it seemed there were a lot of nice shots from you. I thought you were going to get the second set. Hard luck!

But let's look at the brighter side of it. At least you are going to get
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