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Roger marches on

30.06.2008 | Tennis

Roger served his way into the quarter-finals at Wimbledon with a straight-sets victory over Lleyton Hewitt today: 7-6 (7), 6-2, 6-4.

 

"I think I served really well, which was important against Lleyton," Federer admitted. "I saw he was struggling with his hip but nevertheless, he was dangerous. I think the key was the first set tie-break and afterwards I played consistently well and saved a lot of break points."

 

 

The victory secured the top ranking for at least another week for Roger, regardless of how he fares the rest of the tournament. He now has a 14-7 win-loss record - including 12 straight victories - against Hewitt, the last man to win Wimbledon before Roger began his dominance of the event.

 

Federer took time to settle before clinching the first-set tiebreak on his fourth set point with an ace. From that moment, he stepped up, winning the fourth game to love for a 4-0 lead in the second set, which he closed out comfortably. After a total of 110 minutes he then converted his second match-ball with the 46th service-winner (21 of which were aces).

Roger next faces Mario Ancic, the last man to beat him at Wimbeldon and today the winner of a 13-11 final-set epic against Fernando Verdasco.

 

 
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07/02/2008 | 07:42 PM
***TriniMum27***Hilarious!

***Tilou***I heard a symphony!

***JEUX-SET-MATCH***This time, we're happy the crowd is "willing" Andy to win, n'est-ce pas?
07/02/2008 | 07:38 PM
Ah finally the crowd is getting behind their man!
07/02/2008 | 07:33 PM
Great match Roger, you played wonderfully well. Good luck on Friday in the semi, keep going the trophy is in sight. Love Ali xxx
07/02/2008 | 07:32 PM
Superb display of mastery and brilliance today, dear Roger, over your buddy Mario. Love your sportsmanlike move and the way Mario kiddingly hit the ball towards you. It's so lovely to see in the middle of such an important match.

Now on to your 17th co
07/02/2008 | 07:31 PM
What a performance Roger!!!!

Such a clean match: 15 aces, 69 % 1st serve, 40 winners, 6 unforced errors…
and you havent’ dropped a set in the tournament…

17th straight Grand Slam semifinal
64th winning match on grass

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
07/02/2008 | 07:27 PM
***MC

Thats the thing though see, we don't always have Vijay and Alan. These two preview and review the day's play and call matches SOMEtimes. They are normally respectful of everybody but are particularly fond of Roger :)

Now for Murray - Nadal, JM
07/02/2008 | 07:22 PM
gr8 match against ancic.....worried a little cing the way things went on after the rain...but glad you managed to defeat ancic in straight sets............
did you know that you are the first man in the world to reach the quaters after having straight s
07/02/2008 | 07:17 PM
Thank you so much for that superb display of tennis Roger! Its always such a pleasure to watch you.

Congrats of course. Your 17th consecutive GS semi-final!! WHAT consistency! Mind-blowing! :D

Love you so much Rog. Rest up and prepare well. Mirka w
07/02/2008 | 07:14 PM
Congratulations Roger,

Ancic obviously inspires you for good performance. You were so sharp and in the same time so soft and gracious, so relaxed. And, what a smile !

Fans, did you see the slow motion of the fh winner in the first set ? Nureev c
07/02/2008 | 07:13 PM
What's a powerful match from Roger. The best serve percentage %, 15 aces, second serve ace on the match point. Roger has improved his serve compared to last year. This is the key for Wimbledon. Thanks to the exhibition match with Sampras. Roger had the op
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