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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 | 06:30 PM
You weren't able to convert the breaks, which is a shame. Stepanek shouldn't have been that hard.

Oh well, the seeds are dropping like crazy in this tourney. Only Roddick and Djoko left.
05/09/2008 | 06:30 PM
OH Roger, I know you tried like crazy but it just wan't meant to be. bBt don't be downhearted you are going to be all right and will win the next time. Keep your chin up. We love you more than ever!!!!!!
05/09/2008 | 06:30 PM
Well, well, what's going on.... I was just posting my Congrats to Roger making it into the Quarter Finals. While going to the end of the Post comments, I am just reading some comments that our Roger is out!?
Living on the other side of the continent in N
05/09/2008 | 06:28 PM
Hey Rog,

I was glad when you broke back but the tie break ------------------------

I am sad now, nothing to look forward to this weekend, I no I won't see the remaining matches.

Have a safe trip back and all the best for Hamburg.

05/09/2008 | 06:27 PM
i just finish watching u with stepanek ican't understand you i'm really upset
you needed rome chapionship to be save in the no 1 but u lost in very bad way
really i can't understand why
05/09/2008 | 06:27 PM
the time to revenge.Congraturation Redek you did it.Plz next match do it well like this .Come on Roger get to rest and don't worry .Go ahead and get the next champ.
05/09/2008 | 06:27 PM
You lost one of those matches in which you won more points! It´s a shame because i really wanted to see you play Novak in the semis and it was a great opurtunitty to win the title since the loss of Rafa, but nevermind, better luck in Hamburg.
05/09/2008 | 06:26 PM
Oh well,

Roger just lost his bid for the Rome title against Radek Stapanek. He's an opponent that you really don't want to run into at this stage of any tournament.

He is a very tricky player whose playing style is sort of a throw back. He's ver
05/09/2008 | 06:23 PM
Dearest Roger,
Ohhh, what a relief - Congratulations making it into the Quarters!!! Keep going Champ of the Champs: Buona Fortuna - FORZA ROGER!
Yvonne C.R.
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