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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 | 09:05 AM
Hi Rog,
I am so happy for you! I watched every move you made, and I was a bit nerve wrecked after the 2nd set, but I remembered how you won the next 2 sets in Wimbledon and I thought you could do it again, plus win the 5th, and you did it.
I'm looking
01/25/2009 | 09:05 AM
Hi Rog,
I am so happy for you! I watched every move you made, and I was a bit nerve wrecked after the 2nd set, but I remembered how you won the next 2 sets in Wimbledon and I thought you could do it again, plus win the 5th, and you did it.
I'm looking
01/25/2009 | 09:04 AM
It's 3:00am in the morning here and I still am in awe as to how Roger was able to pull it off. This is a huge statment and message that he is sending to the other players. Murray take note. He is still in it to win it. Get some rest champ, see you in 2 da
01/25/2009 | 09:04 AM
Bravissimo Roger!

Coming back from 2 sets down to win the match!

You are a great champion! You showed you have heart once more. Thank you for this thriller match! I hope your next one will be easier on you however.

All the best to you Roger!
01/25/2009 | 09:03 AM
BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO dear Roger!!!

You are GREAT, you are a true CHAMPION .
What a match, what a play...
Amazing, brilliant!

CONGRATULATIONS and thank you very, very much.
I'm so HAPPY for you
Ewa






01/25/2009 | 09:02 AM
ROGERHOLICS CONGRATULATIONS
AN OTHER ONE IN THE POCKET
SO TIME TO GET A THIRD CUP OF COFFEE
AND SOME SLEEP ,OH WHAT A NIGHT,
TILL NEXT MATCH AN OTHER MOUNTAIN
TO CLIMB DEL POTRO
01/25/2009 | 09:02 AM
damn what a comeback.
01/25/2009 | 09:02 AM
Roger,

I am happy that you won this game, however, hope that you improve your level game for the next matches.

Berdych played very well, for sure, but you missed some easy shots. Pretty sure that you will make an analysis and will correct what needs
01/25/2009 | 09:02 AM
We all knew it in our hearts how badly you wanted to win. And we are all so happy for you-I just feel so great and now I can go to bed and have sweet dreams. Youcan revel in your victory. Your Guardian Angel was over your shoulder all night long Roger and
01/25/2009 | 09:01 AM
Well, Mirka you can cancel that call for now. This was indeed a "Phew!" match for Roger. Glad he was able to dig deep and pull it off, but there are some things that he needs to work on for sure against the really big guns.
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