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Next up: Andy Murray

08.01.2009 | Tennis

Roger has reached the semifinals in Doha after defeating eighth-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 7-6 (6). The world's number one, Rafael Nadal, has dropped out of the tournament.


Roger even had a 4-1 lead in the second set when his opponent raised his level remarkably, taking the set to a tie-break. It was the first time in their third encounter that Kohlschreiber was able to do so. But Roger faced the three set-points successfully and managed to take home the set and match after a fantastic forehand winner. It was his 15th victory in his 16th match in Qatar.


Roger's semifinal opponent on Friday will be the surging Murray, who handled Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-2 in today's nightcap. The third-seeded Murray is the reigning Doha champ, having beaten Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in last year's finale . Roger captured the Doha event back-to-back in 2005 and 2006.

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01/09/2009 | 09:01 PM
@sheleo - hope you are right and i pray you are right and that it's not the fitness, focus and motivation. I really hope he saves the best for the slams. But all tournaments should be important and I am sure a victory against Murray would have been more t
01/09/2009 | 09:01 PM
Dear Roger/Dear Us, hope Roger can "dominate" again; guess it was't this tournament. I'd settle for a non-dominating tournament wins, esp AO, RG, Wimbledon and US open. That's all we want Roger, just those 4 little tournaments! Let the younger upstarts
01/09/2009 | 08:51 PM
its ok roger...rest before the australian open...ITS YOURS!!!!!!!
01/09/2009 | 08:49 PM
Hi Guys,

Well, I got called away from my livestream and was really surprised to see how the match ended up, having seen the first set. But I'm not panicking about the result. We'll see how things go.

***Jennysmith and jamiechin, enjoyed reading yo
01/09/2009 | 08:38 PM
hi roger,

you killed yourself tonight.. too many unforced errors and it seems that you lost your desire to win early in the 2nd set. You handed it to him. I could not sleep after your loss.. It is 3 am in the morning here.. Murray is really in good for
01/09/2009 | 08:30 PM
Dear Roger,
Sorry that you have lost again against Andy Murray. Never doubt that you're the best since there was a time it was Nalbandian and finally you were able to beat him. What is really worrying is that at times, you seem to be less concentrated. Y
01/09/2009 | 08:24 PM
What a great way to start your 2009 season with such fine wins!!!! Keep up the great work!!
Best of Luck
Terri Wiley
01/09/2009 | 08:21 PM
I will support Roger when he wins or loses. I would prefer the wins though. I do think as he ages in the world of tennis he should rethink his strategy with his play. The younger players are all investing alot of energy, time, and resources trying to figu
01/09/2009 | 08:19 PM
Ah, well, tomorrow's another day. Better luck next time. Love you anyway, Roger.
01/09/2009 | 08:17 PM
Roger Federer where are you ?
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