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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 | 09:15 AM
Roger, Champions find a way to win even when they are not playing their usual precise game. You have done that!!!!!! WOW!!!!!
Keep going Roger we love you.

***Rogerholics***

Vicky & I were watching the match live, on Margaret Court Arena, when Sta
01/25/2009 | 09:13 AM
It took 3 and a half hours for Roger to beat Berdych , this tells you how much Berdych has improved since last year.

I wonder how long will it take Roger to beat Novak, Nadal or Murray.

Let's face it , Roger is getting old , he is no longer the ligh
01/25/2009 | 09:10 AM
Oh! watching the match, esp the 1st 3 sets - so stressful - how do u all manage to watch ?

What was the issue with Bedrych's game ? Why was Fed not able to play his normal game ? Bedr was hitting hard and cross / diagonal or down the line - lot of play
01/25/2009 | 09:09 AM
Rogerholics,

Still so pleased and gratified that Roger pulled this out. Some great shots in there even with the errors. I never doubt Roger's will or heart or knowledge about how to win these things. He'll be ready for Del Po.

Enjoyed watching wi
01/25/2009 | 09:09 AM
Dear Roger,

WOW!!! I am so glad I never went to bed, even when Berdych was firing away in the first 2 sets........somehow when you lost the 2nd set, i knew you would win in 5, WAY TO GO!!!!
Scrappy, choppy performance, but hey you got the job done, ge
01/25/2009 | 09:09 AM
eeee, stop it! I haven't even seen ur congratulatory message to Roger for pulling this off, u've been negative all the time during this match. Give respect where it is due. ROger worked himself back into this match and u shld recognise his effort ok.
01/25/2009 | 09:08 AM
It is always said :

"May the best player win "

And for the majority of the match Roger WAS NOT the better player.

This is a gutsy win.

Hope he realizes there's a ton of shit that needs fixing , and fast !!!!!!!!!
01/25/2009 | 09:08 AM
what you've done again, unbelievable. unbelievable and awesome. what a strongness and beautiful play with this come back. what a come back and what shots and like a commentator said. what a champion. and firstly what a man.congratulate again. amazing.
01/25/2009 | 09:07 AM
Tomas Berdych can keep singing

WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES....

(RF shoes!!! so funny!)
01/25/2009 | 09:06 AM
40 unforced errors !!!!!!!

Holy shit !!!!!!!!!!!!

Does he want to enter the Guinness book of Records or what !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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