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Semis against Djokovic

01.05.2009 | Tennis

Roger fended off a challenge from German qualifier Mischa Zverev at the Rome Masters today to secure a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory. He will now meet defending champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.


"He was playing well I thought from the start. He served some good serves and that made it easy for him to hold in the beginning. It made it hard for me to get the break," said Roger.


Both players made a good start into the match, taking it all the way to the tie-break. Zverev took a fast 2-0 lead - but that was not to last. Roger played several fantastic points to secure the first set 7-3 in the tie-break. The second set was completely in Roger's hands, where our champ displayed tennis in perfection and marched to a 4-0 lead.


Roger has a 7-3 winning record against Djokovic, including victories in their only two previous encounters on clay at Monte Carlo in 2006 and 2008.

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05/02/2009 | 05:07 PM
it must be over i think. It's very dissapointing. There's nothing to say
05/02/2009 | 05:07 PM
Federer, you are done, you simply miss too much, and don't care if you do. You have made lots of money so the hunger is longer inside you. I have been a fan since 2001, but now I have come to the realization that you are done. I am sorry to say this, b
05/02/2009 | 05:07 PM
It's deja vu.... how do you lose when you are ahead two sets in a row....!!! terribly disappointing It's like you know how it's going to end before it even does...he could and should have won it...I wish I could watch more detachedly but I can't:(
05/02/2009 | 05:06 PM
QUIT!It seems that you cant get in a final.You rest 2 weeks and say you feel great.What about resting 5 days.That means that you're gonna be out in the first round(but you are lucky that you go Bye than,so in the second)Start winning tournaments or just q
05/02/2009 | 05:06 PM
U broke my heart again, again, and again. I hate the rain. So sad!!!
05/02/2009 | 05:05 PM
Sorry to say.. but this was miserable!!

Federer had to game already in his bag.
then there is rain...
enough said.
05/02/2009 | 05:05 PM
you're my champ, no matter what!!!
05/02/2009 | 05:05 PM
there is something mental here. in the 3rd set he had the chance to consolidate the break and he lost his serve horribly. Plus once he get behind he deflates. he desperately need a sports psycholgist
05/02/2009 | 05:05 PM
It shows that roger's time is over.But i still believe he will have a strong return if he can win at estoril
05/02/2009 | 05:04 PM
i am too devastated to say anything.
good luck roger, from pakistan.
- usman.
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