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Semis in Madrid

15.05.2009 | Tennis

Roger advanced to the semi-finals of the Madrid Open, battling past Andy Roddick 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-1 today.

 

It was Roger's first career meeting with Andy Roddick on clay; he has now improved improved his record against the American to 18 wins and two defeats. Roddick, who received a walkover after Nikolay Davydenko had to withdraw due to a leg injury, broke in the second game to take a 2-0 lead. But that was just reason enough for Roger to break right back and hold for 2-2. He broke once more later in the 11th game and served out the set. Roger never managed to take the lead in the second set despite four break balls, eventually losing the tie-break after an initial 2-0 lead. Roger pushed to a higher gear in the last set, dominating the set entirely and showing some stunning tennis.

 

Roger will face the winner of the quarter-final between fourth seed Andy Murray and fifth seed Juan Martin Del Potro.

 

 
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05/16/2009 | 10:53 PM
Great & Comfortable win champ!!
hoping u to play agains nadal in the same way!
All the best and good luck for tomorrow's final
God bless u!
05/16/2009 | 10:53 PM
Dear Roger,

It was a great match, you were very confident and you're ready to go for it.
Good luck! We're right behind you.
05/16/2009 | 10:52 PM
Congrats Dear Champ,
That's great, now is Nadal just focus every single point and Insha Allah u will be the winner.
Plz try ur best 2 beat him.
05/16/2009 | 10:52 PM
Good luck in the Finals tomorrow, Roger.

Beat that Bull!!!!!
05/16/2009 | 10:51 PM
Good win. Roger, another Nadal match. Nadal is such a complete player with no special weakness, but this time he's definitely all out today and tired on court.

He could recover or not tmr, I'm not sure, perhaps you know it better than anyone do.

S
05/16/2009 | 10:48 PM
This is what scares me- from Eurosport "The Spanish world number one (pictured) was a whisker away from only his fifth loss on his favoured surface in 154 matches since the beginning of 2005". Holy cow! Oh well - Roger will have to play his best and wha
05/16/2009 | 10:42 PM
***lux_lady - As you say, he glistens. Nicely put...

Until tomorrow...
05/16/2009 | 10:41 PM
Bravo roger pour ta finale de demain ......Bonne chance et ne pense pas que Rafa est fatigué souviens toi de l'Open d'australie .....Que la force soit avec toi champ !!!!
05/16/2009 | 10:40 PM
Roger makes it all look so easy doesn't he? No grunts, no sweat dripping off his hair. Just smooth and fine. How does he do that? The man doesn't sweat he just glistens.
05/16/2009 | 10:40 PM
I'm an idiot. I don't know what happened back there when I posted twice without finishing my comment.

Roger came out with deadly intent today. I think DelPo was a bit drained also, but it was simply beautiful to watch Roger's graceful and elegant play.
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