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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 | 05:25 PM
Holy smokes! The exhausted, 32-year old Schuettler is now leading 5-3 in the second set over the great colossus Nadal, who is looking a bit wobbly against an over-the-hill opponent who has found a bit of belief. If Schuettler wins this set and another two
07/04/2008 | 05:25 PM
Oh I just can't watch Nadal with his slow serving and wedgie-extracting. It is absolutely exasperating. And what about those infernal rituals with the water bottle from the refrigerator as well as the one with room temperature water? Hoodoo?
07/04/2008 | 05:23 PM
It's amazing what can happened when player dont fear Nadal! Rainer is just living his moment. Wonderful to see. You can see concerns when uncle Tony starts coaching from the box!!!
07/04/2008 | 05:19 PM
sheleo,

It does not matter Roger did not play in his top form. Yes, he looked kind of ordinary throughout. But Safin never seems to have gotten his rhythm, though he had some nice serves and volleys. Roger's presence was enough pressure to him. He easi
07/04/2008 | 05:17 PM
ROGER THE NR.1 THE BEST!!!
07/04/2008 | 05:16 PM
ROGER THE NR.1 THE BEST!!!
07/04/2008 | 05:14 PM
Rainer is having the time of his life. It's wonderful to see.
07/04/2008 | 05:13 PM
OK**jaan*** we know you are a fan of Federer's but your posts are really starting to bring me down. Yes we weren't awed by Fed's game today but at the same time maybe he just did enough to win today and win he did.

If even you have doubts, it's not f
07/04/2008 | 05:11 PM
Hi Fans
My saying that Roger did not play well today is by no mean a hint of Roger losing tomorrow.
It is just a simple fact and I am amazed that Roger not at his best, could win against Marat in 3 sets. Roger humbles us by his greatness day in and day
07/04/2008 | 05:09 PM
What a humiliation for Nadal; being broken by Rainer Schuettler who is now leading the second set 3-1!

What a disgrace that there are posters on Roger’s site actually doubting Roger for Sunday on this site, sending him bad vibes. If I had members of m