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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 | 04:54 PM
4-3 djoko... in my opinion the match is as good as over as far as roger is concerned... he was leading 3-1 and has given away the advantage... if and probably when djoko wins we have to agree he deserves to win the match..
05/02/2009 | 04:54 PM
Djokovic is on heat.

No one can beat him when he is fighting like that.

He might loose number 3 is he is out
05/02/2009 | 04:54 PM
??? ???? ??3?1 ????? ????????????????!
05/02/2009 | 04:53 PM
that's nothing Roger, sending you much strength, you can break back again!!!! hold on Roger!!!!
05/02/2009 | 04:53 PM
we came to end of roger federer' legend... shame.shame. shame.shame
05/02/2009 | 04:52 PM
Roger is getting ready to leave Rome.

in Miami it wind.

In Rome it is rain.

But no racket broken until now
05/02/2009 | 04:51 PM
3-3 and 40-40
05/02/2009 | 04:51 PM
05/02/2009 | 04:49 PM
He never gets his 1st service games, never and his FH is the worst ever, God I can't imagine him losing this match after leading. Shame big, huge, he is not even making any effort if Djoker breaks him again, it's over.
05/02/2009 | 04:49 PM
It's over.