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A brilliant display

23.01.2009 | Tennis

Roger powered into the next round of the Australian Open today, defeating fellow former champion Marat Safin in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (5).

 

"It's special to play Marat, we go way back. I think we like playing each other. It doesn't matter who wins, it is always a good contest," our champ said.

 

The two ex-number ones have met in Melbourne twice before, with Roger winning the 2004 final and Safin winning a classic semi a year later en-route to the title.

 

Roger had a close look at Safin's serve in the fifth game of the first set and pounced in the seventh, creaming a backhand down the line and snapping up the first break point on a double fault. Roger whipped another backhand to break early in the second and went a double break up with a heavy forehand before sealing the set with a simple volley.

 

A furious Safin berated the line judge when he was foot-faulted in the third set tie-break and charged back from 4-1 down but Roger blazed an ace and service winner and took the first match point with another memorable backhand.

 

Roger will play Tomas Berdych (ATP 21) in the next round and is on track to meet defending champion Djokovic in the semi-finals.

 
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01/25/2009 | 09:32 AM
Dele Potro is next.

He is very strong.

Hope Roger will end it fast
01/25/2009 | 09:28 AM
One more observation - few days back the ESPN commentrators were mentioning that the AO court is so slow that the sliced return which Fed normally does sits on the court and any Tom / D / Harry would be able to hit those hard with placement - Bedry today
01/25/2009 | 09:26 AM
Congratulatory message for what Pokah22:

For 40 unforced errors

5 Double Faults

69% net points won

675 break point conversion

67% service percentage

Stop living in wonderland , Roger's performance today was terrible , if he plays like th
01/25/2009 | 09:22 AM
Go Roger
01/25/2009 | 09:21 AM
TERRIBLE COURT MOVEMENT AND ANTICIPATION
TERRIBLE COURT MOVEMENT AND ANTICIPATION
TERRIBLE COURT MOVEMENT AND ANTICIPATION
TERRIBLE COURT MOVEMENT AND ANTICIPATION
TERRIBLE COURT MOVEMENT AND ANTICIPATION
TERRIBLE COURT MOVEMENT AND ANTICIPATION
01/25/2009 | 09:21 AM
I waited for your match all night!!! Two sets - horror and then fantastic, wonderful tenis!!!!!! Thank you, Roger !!! You are great hero !!!!!!! Ludmila from Poland
01/25/2009 | 09:20 AM
***Dear ROGERHOLICS,

Thank you ALL very much for watching Roger together tonight (here in Poland is 9:16 am and time to sleep for me...).
It was a real pleasure to be with you, especially with - who BELIEVED....
Ewa
01/25/2009 | 09:19 AM
If it will take Roger 5 sets to win every match , you can kiss the AO Goodbye !!!!!!!!!
01/25/2009 | 09:17 AM
hi! Roger u make us frightened at begining of the match,but last three set match u really come up.that's the spirit.go. roger go.keep up a good work.we always love u.
01/25/2009 | 09:17 AM
Wrong , Marycorbin

He'll be out of steam when he faces Del Potro , and he'll lose.
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