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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 | 06:23 PM
What a shame,
Roger lost in straight sets to Stepanek. Roger was not aggressive enough in the first set. Great second set, brave courage to come back into the match from 3-0 down, but failed to take advantage of the early min breaks he had in the tie bre
05/09/2008 | 06:22 PM
Oh, well. Roger's lost :(
Could have taken better advantage of the chance to put more daylight between himself and Rafa.
Now that wierdo Stepanek beat him.
Onward, Roger, to Hamburg and victory.
05/09/2008 | 06:21 PM
it was 7-9 but never mind!!! Lots of very nice hits were in the match. Unbelievable ones from Roger.
05/09/2008 | 06:20 PM
Roger is out, good try but he couldn't hold on to his lead of 4-1, he failed to serve out the match, made some errors. I can't believe it.
05/09/2008 | 06:19 PM
Is he winning? That doesn't sound like a good score to me.
05/09/2008 | 06:19 PM
Roger is serving! nooo the backhand!!! 7-8 áááááááá
05/09/2008 | 06:18 PM
it's 6-6, 6-7 pfff yes!!!!!! 7-7
05/09/2008 | 06:18 PM
might have predicted earlier, now Stepanek has match point, can Roger do it, yeah, 7-7
05/09/2008 | 06:16 PM
Roger is playing in an unbelievable way!!! How many lots of nice hits have been there! 2nd serve áá the backhand!!! 5-5
05/09/2008 | 06:16 PM
yes 6-5!
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