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The perfect match

27.01.2009 | Tennis

Roger showed some of the best tennis of his career today, blowing away Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open: 6-3, 6-0, 6-0.

 

"I thought it would be a long match," Roger said after his terrific display. "His level dropped considerately towards the end, but you have to get him to that point first. I'm happy not to have wasted any further energy after the five sets against Berdych."

 

Del Potro is regarded as one of the rising stars of men's tennis, having stormed up the rankings from No.65 midway through last year. But he had a nightmare match on Tuesday night, cast in the role of mouse to Roger's cat, as our former world No.1 toyed with his opponent before producing a swift kill.

 

Roger playfully pulled off an audacious array of shots from all parts of the court just two days after being forced to come back from two sets down against Tomas Berdych.

The first set was effectively over by the fourth game, when our three-time champion broke 20-year-old Del Potro for a 3-1 lead and served out. By the second set, the match was a procession. Roger reeled off 13 games in a row - taking the set 6-0 and picking up three consecutive breaks in the third as a visibly deflated Del Potro struggled to maintain interest in a match that, in his head, he had already lost. And so it proved as a clinical Roger showed no mercy, serving two aces in the final game as he finished off his demoralised opponent in emphatic style.

 

Roger is looking forward to meeting Andy Roddick in the semifinal. He does, after all, boast a 15-2 head-to-head record over the American seventh seed. He will have particularly fond memories of his last Australian Open meeting with Roddick, when he gave up just six games in winning their semi-final two years ago. However, their last competitive meeting saw the American emerge victorious at the Miami Masters last year.

 
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04/06/2009 | 02:50 AM
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.THE FACT THAT FEDERER SMASHED HIS RACKET SHOULD SHOW THE PUBLIC -AND HIS SISSY FANS- THAT FEDERER IS JUST A PRICK WITH NO MANNERS WHATSOEVER....



I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THAT HIS FANS FALL FOR HIS IMAGE OF NICE BOY WHO CRIES HIS HEART OUT EVE
01/29/2009 | 01:37 PM
Roger, Fantastic match
you so very CooL
Go Go GO
Su Su do not fear enything
i love you
xxxx
01/29/2009 | 01:24 PM
THANK YOU ROGER YOU MADE MY DAY,"FANTASTIC SHOW" TODAY.BELIEVE IN YOUR TENNIS AND YOU WILL KEEP UP THE TROPHY.
01/29/2009 | 01:18 PM
Absolutely love to see you play, win or loose...you're my hero....Good luck for the final... and the rest of the season... :)
01/29/2009 | 01:09 PM
this match shows the real you
this is how you are rog!
the real champion
unbeatible and unforgettable :D
i love you 4 ever baby!
you are our dream come true
01/29/2009 | 01:05 PM
***nija*** p.38

You're most welcome. Let's hope Mark comes up with the video soon!!!!
01/29/2009 | 01:03 PM
Roger is into the finals after defeating
andy Roddick in straight sets, great match and Roddick could not break Federers serve even once. Wonderful to watch rogi.... He's sooo cool on the field. i wonder how he keeps his nerves.
01/29/2009 | 12:58 PM
*** Elainew, thanks a lot.
01/29/2009 | 12:41 PM
what a marvellous roger =)
01/29/2009 | 12:38 PM
Great, Just one more step to go to equal Sampras!!
Now, somebody said it wasn´t like against Del Potro... hey, I think nobody expected or asked that from Roger! I mean, the majority of the players don´t get a perfect match twice in a lifetime, let alone
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