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Roger wins marathon match

03.09.2008 | Tennis

Roger needed five sets and 3 1/2 hours to beat Igor Andreev and continue his quest for a fifth straight U.S. Open title: 6-7 (7), 7-6 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.


"I'm really happy the way I played. I really think I served well," Roger said immediately after closing out his win. "God, the guy's a good player, so I'm really, really happy."


With his last defeat in Flushing going back to 2003, Roger now has a winning streak of 31 here. He overcame 60 unforced errors, but dominated at the net, winning 58 of a possible 84 points against Andrejew. His opponent was just 12-of-28 on his net approaches. Also, the Russian converted just 2-of-15 break point chances.


Roger won the first three games of the final set, which included a key break of serve in the second game. Andreev was successful on a drop shot, but our star returned the ball to the right corner, and the Russian's backhand went wide as Roger went up 2-0. Then came four break point saves by Roger in the seventh game, when he went ahead 5-2 before finally serving out for the match. It marked just the third time ever that he has played five sets at the U.S. Open.


Roger meets an unlikely opponent in the quarterfinals: Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. Muller upset fifth-seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (12-10).

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09/04/2008 | 11:41 PM
Did everyone see "Krist" with the Swiss flag? She sure got some good face time!
09/04/2008 | 11:39 PM
He finally did it in straight sets. That Muller guy was probably thinking,"here's my chance again to come from two sets down!" EEEHH--NOT!

Good going Rog! You had my stomach in knots and my heart doing somersaults. Goodness. Con
09/04/2008 | 11:38 PM
CONGRATS FOR THE SEMIS! It's 32nd consecutive win in Flushing Meadows - yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh!
You are the best! Smash!
09/04/2008 | 11:38 PM
congragulations rogers fans
i am soooooooooooooo happyyyyy go for the 5th champion.
09/04/2008 | 11:37 PM
yeees you won again baby!

18 semi finals in a row!

the champ is here!!!
09/04/2008 | 11:37 PM
WAY TO GO, ROGIE!!!!!!!!

Actually have a rush job. Later, guys...

09/04/2008 | 11:37 PM
Lord, what a match but looks like Roger's Guardian Angel was on the job and Roger was fighting hard at the end and so happy to have come through this without having to play another set. Now I hope he will be facing Roddick instead of Djokovic because I lo
09/04/2008 | 11:36 PM
Yes! Roger Roger Roger!!! You are the master. Amazing. 18th consecutive semifinals in a GS. No one else can do that. Talk about consistency. Even though you are still recovering from mono, you are amazing. Watch out for a dominant 2009. For now, let's try
09/04/2008 | 11:36 PM
Bravo Roger!
Straight sets!
You will be in your 18th straight SF of GS!
Like you, I hope you will play Roddick.
We will know tonight...

Keep going Champ!
09/04/2008 | 11:36 PM

Now I can go home and relax! Whew!!! he fought to the end.

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