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Fabulous Roger

02.07.2008 | Tennis

Roger stretched his winning streak on grass to 64 matches today to reach the Wimbledon semifinals by beating Mario Ancic 6-1, 7-5, 6-4. The win marked his 39th straight victory at Wimbledon, where he has won the last five titles and stands 43-4 at his favourite major venue.

 

"I'm playing great and serving excellent," Roger commented. "I had a lot of aces again, that always helps. It was a tough day with the rain delay and it broke my momentum a bit. But I got back into the match and played well all the way through."

 

Roger rocketed over three aces in the final game as he served out his success in on hour, 41 minutes, clocking 15 aces and a mere six unforced errors. Our king of grass calmly waited out a two-hour, 12-minute rain interruption after cautiously putting away a 20-minute first set - he lost just one point on serve - and standing 1-1 in the second when light drizzle moved in.  Back on court and lifting the second set with a break from an Ancic double-fault for 6-5, Roger consolidated. He then applied even more pressure, forcing Croatia's Ancic to struggle through ten deuces and a 16-minute opening game of the third.

 

Roger will race the winner from Russian Marat Safin and Spain's Feliciano Lopez in the semi-finals on Friday.

 
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07/04/2008 | 05:51 PM
Hey all,

I can see there's worry about Roger for Sunday. I have not been able to see the match yet--will catch it on the rebroadcast in a few minutes. But the thing is, Roger only has to play well enough to get in the final. He is saving his energy
07/04/2008 | 05:48 PM
Well done Rainer. At least you haven't handed this match to Nadal. It's a pity there had to be such a long drawn out match against Clement.
He would definitely have put up a better fight.

And why is it that Uncle Toni has to have a Delicatessen and
07/04/2008 | 05:45 PM
He's not fatigued. He said he was fit...
07/04/2008 | 05:44 PM
Well, Rainer did all the hard work, then let up. It's called fatigue ...
07/04/2008 | 05:38 PM
Ok -- guys -- too much sharing of my own anxiety here -- sorry!

Best to Roger, and I think he will do well on Sunday.

Nadal is looking nervous if anybody has noticed.

Best to Fed!
07/04/2008 | 05:34 PM
JST, and not a game more will be needed...

Ha, ha, uncle Tony is sending messages to Nadal through those shoes now...
07/04/2008 | 05:34 PM
***TonyN, J-S-M, takeko, willsson and others***Schuettler is showing that Nadal isn't invincible. At least he's making him work. Thanks for all your positive vibes for Roger.
07/04/2008 | 05:30 PM
Thanks to cleocay and Lucy58 some fan just want Roger to play a 100% all the time. It is imposible, spn says how wonderfull was roger game against Safin. So stop the negative vibes. How we say in Spanish
Hombres de poca fe
07/04/2008 | 05:28 PM
***TonyN
As always your math is impeccable
07/04/2008 | 05:26 PM
Hey guys!

Anybody knows if Nadal went out with Jelena last night? Hahaha!