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Through to semis in four

04.06.2008 | Tennis

Roger rallied to defeat Fernando Gonzalez (CHI/ATP 25) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 and reach the semi final at his 16th consecutive Grand Slam event.

 

"There was a lot of pressure, he was hitting the corners and I didn't know exactly how I needed to play him," said Roger. "It's never easy against him, but I played a good match."

 

Roger had played a very shaky opening set, missing several easy shots while Gonzalez, using his powerful forehand but also making some surprising backhands down the line, took the lead. Our star, however, righted the ship in the second stanza and ultimately cruised to victory, with the help of 11 aces and five breaks.

 

Roger will play on Friday against the winner from Spanish fifth seed David Ferrer and flamboyant Gaël Monfils, final Frenchman in the home field.

 
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06/06/2008 | 07:01 PM
The problem is that Monfils is coming in with a lot of confidence having beaten a slew of top players or players ranked higher than himself. He knows Fed is off, and therefore he is pushing. Fed needs to push.
06/06/2008 | 06:59 PM
Roger's fighting hard but his focus is not 100%. I think in the back of his mind, he's looking to the final on Sunday. It's psychologically bad to know that your nemesis just won his match in straight sets without breaking too much of a sweat.
06/06/2008 | 06:59 PM
Roger gets a little lucky, holds serve to lead 3-2, what a game, Monfils with lots of drama, slipping and falling at every chance he gets to distract Federer but Roger is unfazed. Go Roger go, all he needs is one break of serve and the rest is history.
06/06/2008 | 06:57 PM
To bad -- not able to break. He should try to hold here. Seems like is prone to being broken. I have a feeling it's going to go to 5 th. What's going on??? He is down a break point.
06/06/2008 | 06:56 PM
Roger is in a hurry and rushing points now Monfils is about to break him
06/06/2008 | 06:55 PM
He couldn't break so it's 2-2 now. Poor choice of shots for Roger
06/06/2008 | 06:54 PM
Pokah :
I´ve been kindly invited here from people a lot more open minded and polite than what you have just shown in your remark.
I have a lot of business to do here since I ´ve been always respectful of Roger and I am here cheering with you.

Or yo
06/06/2008 | 06:54 PM
If he can break here, he may be in a reasonably good position, coupled with being in the lead (serve). It could be a repeat of 3rd set.
06/06/2008 | 06:53 PM
Yes Jaan, I think he can if he's able to break Monfils right now and go up 3-1
06/06/2008 | 06:50 PM
Jaan, JSM, after all that long rally and deuce/adv, Federer was able to hold serve and he leads 2-1. He needs another break here to move up to 3-1 and the match is over, hopefully. I always add hopefully because u never can tell what Monfils is capable of