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Semis against Murray

20.03.2009 | Tennis

Roger held off a late rally from Fernando Verdasco to score a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory Thursday night in Indian Wells, advancing to the semi finals.

 

Roger had a great start and continued well into the second set, taking a 4-1 lead. However, Verdasco got on a run and broke Roger twice, including the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead to serve for the set. “I don't think I served great in those games, and I think he got some good hits in,” Roger said. “Because he's got such big shots, especially his forehand, he can put you under pressure quickly.

 

Roger fought off set points, taking the second set into the tie-break where he raced out to a 5-1 lead and later finished with a service winner.

 

Roger will play Andy Murray in the semis, which will be a rematch of the U.S. Open final, which Roger won in the fall. "He's a great player and great players are tough to play against," said Roger. "He's young, so you still have to figure him out a little bit. He's changing his game as time goes by. Every time you play him, he plays a bit different. I'm aware he has beaten me more than I've beaten him but, on big occasions, I think I came through."

 

 
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03/21/2009 | 11:34 PM
Another thing Roger man,

If you want to still win those tourneys - you get down and dirty and work as hard on and off the court as if you didn't have any title under your belt let alone GS titles. Stop being a star (which you are anyway :)) and start a
03/21/2009 | 11:32 PM
take it easy on fed boting.
give him some time
03/21/2009 | 11:32 PM
Dear ***Mitz and MC, I am with both of you, although I am having a tough time right now staying positive. There must be something we don’t know about, because I have never seen him like this before. I would very much like to hear what Roger has to say abo
03/21/2009 | 11:29 PM
Cannot believe Murray fell down in pain and after that Fed lost nearly all the points. He was playing well (not great though), all of a sudden lost all his concentration.

Where are those great serves at critical moments, unreturnable shots, that tough
03/21/2009 | 11:28 PM
Wow what happened in that third set. Something just fell apart. So many unforced errors in the overall match - why? Something was wrong. The second set you did very well. But then after Murray's fall it all went wrong. I thought Murray might even go
03/21/2009 | 11:28 PM
Roger Federer is the best in his sport.
he's done uncountable top 10 shots today too, beautiful ones. beautiful ones!!! i think he lost rhythm in the 1st one time and in the 3rd one time. in the other parts he played beautifully with amazing shots!!!! n
03/21/2009 | 11:28 PM
I think here the 99.9% of the people want your tennis to go to a better level and I think you should change of strategy... you should study more the way Nadal plays and Murray plays and you should really consider a coach to make your level go up!

You
03/21/2009 | 11:27 PM
This loss was due to attitude. All Murray did was to put the ball to Roger's backhand and Roger would kill himself. Very soon, other players will follow the same trick, hitting the ball savely to Roger's backhand and Roger will miss it. That was not the R
03/21/2009 | 11:27 PM
lol @nido :))). Take care of the laptop pls - and get used to seeing losses :(. I'm sure Roger will be back up there though - sooner rather than later hopefully.
03/21/2009 | 11:25 PM
Dear Roger,
You played excellent, (you dont need any help : ) ), in the second set, when needed you were fired up and hit the ball perfectly. The bit disappointing was just that in the 3. set after murray broke you you " gave up" without fighting, but I