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Into last eight

02.06.2008 | Tennis

Roger beat unseeded Julien Benneteau in a tough fourth-round encounter to reach the quarter-finals of the French Open. The world No 1 won his rain-hit match 6-4, 7-5, 7-5, and will now play Fernando Gonzalez for a place in the last four.

 

"I couldn't serve it out the way I wanted to in the first and second sets, but I felt okay out there," our star said. "But it was tough conditions with the rain delay. I didn't think I had my best serving day today unfortunately. But the last three (games) have been good so I hope the next one is going to be okay again as well."

 

Benneteau had played more sets than any other player to get the last 16 (14) and he was not expected to pose any problems for the world No. 1 who won their only previous meeting in straight sets in Cincinnati last year. But in each of the first two sets he broke Roger's serve when trailing 3-5 only to lose both of them by 6-4 and 7-5. At that stage heavy rain brought an abrupt end to proceedings and it took ninety minutes before they got back onto a packed Philippe Chatrier Centre Court. With warm sunshine replacing the gloomy skies that marked the earlier action, Roger again went a break up to lead 3-1, but again Benneteau battled back to level at 3-3. Our champion was finding it hard to put away his world-ranked 55th opponent, letting slip a match point at 5-4 up but two games later he finished it off with a smash at the net.

 
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06/04/2008 | 10:36 PM
Fans,
You must read this comment. Here I selected an interesting part, but you will enjoy reading the whole comment entiteled Pieces of Everybody.

….. But getting back to the match: I sat with Chuck Culpepper a London-based Los Angeles Times corresp
06/04/2008 | 06:49 PM
Hi Roger ,
Congratulations on the QF victory. Haven't seen the highlights yet, sounds like the first set was pretty scary for your fans, however the victory is what is important right now. Rest well, get ready for Friday and good luck sweetheart. Love
06/04/2008 | 06:46 PM
YOU'RE SIMPLY THE B-E-S-T

I have more nothing left to say.
06/04/2008 | 06:43 PM
HI ROGE congrats great match!good luck for the semifinale.love you alina:)
06/04/2008 | 06:34 PM
very good match
good luck for the semi-final
06/04/2008 | 06:32 PM
Roger, I've got to say that I was scared after that first set! However, I told myself that it was Roger after all and that you would up your game. Haha. Understatement of the year 'ey?
Loved it and will revise for my exam tomorrow with every confidence
06/04/2008 | 06:29 PM
hi my darling,
congratulations,u did it.
although you lost the first set 2-6,you did amazing after that.I really enjoyed watching ur playing and ur fantastic tactics.
today u proved why u are No.1 & you will prove it again by winning french open.
you
06/04/2008 | 06:25 PM
Bravo!

Congratulations, Roger, well done!

Thanks, all fans, keeping me posted for the progress of the match!

Great!
06/04/2008 | 06:24 PM
CONGRATULATIONS ROGER!! Rest well and prepare for the next encounter. You and your game are simply stunning. Congratulations also to Mirka, José and the rest of your team.

Love and best wishes.
06/04/2008 | 06:23 PM
Hi Tilou
I hope you get to watch after you finish your work. The 1st set is almost funny when you know the result. The rest of the match is amazing.

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***GO ROGER GO (mon p’tit chouchou)***
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