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17.05.2008 | Tennis

Roger has reached the final of the Hamburg Masters Series tournament after seeing off Andreas Seppi today: 6-3, 6-1!

 

It was Roger's 30th match in Hamburg and his 29th victory since 2002. He showed an impressive performance, fighting off all break-points his Italian opponent saw. He never allowed Seppi to settle and having dominated throughout, Roger made a break for the third and final time in the second set to claim the win in 79 minutes.

 

"It was quite a long first set and I created a lot of opportunities which wore him down for the second," said Roger. "The clay was quite wet and heavy, which meant it was good for the drop shots and Seppi used that tactice with some nice shots."

 

Our champ has not dropped a set on his way to the final and has yet to play a seeded player. His opponent will be the winner of the show-down between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - which is bound to be an interesting match! Roger beat Nadal in last year's final, 2-6, 6-2, 6-0, to break the Spaniards 81-match winning streak.

 
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05/18/2008 | 07:01 PM
To dear fellow fans -

I was sick to my stomach at 1-3. I knew the final set was going into Nadal's.
I turned off the TV not wanting to see the bleeding. Nadal destroyed his will by calling a timeout. I have not met our champ, but I almost know him
05/18/2008 | 07:01 PM
Dear Roger,

Some of your fans are being too harsh with you today. While it is true that you had many opportunities I think you played a great match - Nadal just won in the end. I respect both of you very much but I think there is no point of criticism
05/18/2008 | 07:01 PM
It's Dottie again, I could tell from the expression on Roger's face at the award ceremony, he knew he'd been duped by a feigned injury. Think he's lost all respect for Nadal, which will make him all the more determined to prove who's king next time they m
05/18/2008 | 07:00 PM
Shelio (I am unsure if I got the name right). I think you are right -- Nadal didn't look joyous and that didn't stem from feeling bad for Federer -- it was something else -- perhaps thinking about his injury time-out. Not sure. Federer had many unforced e
05/18/2008 | 06:56 PM
OK Everyone,

I need to catch my breath,dry the tears, clear the lump in my throat and soothe the pit in my stomach.

I am very excited that the doubles final is on!!!! They never televise them. I love my fellow countrymen...the Bryan twins so I am
05/18/2008 | 06:54 PM
Hi Roger,
someone here said that you have got a weak serve. But I think that YOUR SERVE was today your BIGGEST WEAPON and you hold it's quality till the end of the match.
And to the 1st set? I don't know what to say. When you lead "5-1" and your ACE was
05/18/2008 | 06:53 PM
I must admit I used to think Nadal was honorable; now, I'm really not sure. There was zero sign of injury-- zero!!! And the time he chose to pretend he had one was absolutely crucial. They both knew it turned the match around. Even after Nadal won, h
05/18/2008 | 06:51 PM
Roger, be more confident, man! your shape is still perfect, your style still so great, just keep your mind in shape too, that's all you need!

as for those of you, guys, who insist on this ridiculous idea that Nadal is an average or primitive player, i
05/18/2008 | 06:51 PM
Well, well, well... Roger is returning to his angry mode when he disappeared for whole two years from his good results after beating Sampras in Wimbledon in 2001... He slams his rackets to the floor, smashing balls to stratosphere, very nervous. He cont
05/18/2008 | 06:51 PM
Gosh, I am truly disappointed by many comments here!!! If you're a fan, you should act like one also in worse times... You know guys, I am a Rog-fan since 2001 spring, and I've lived thru the times (mainly 2002) when he lost 1st round matches in majors an
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