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22nd major semi-final in series!

10.09.2009 | Tennis

Roger defeated Robin Söderling 6-0, 6-3, 6-7(6), 7-6(6) this night to reach the semi-finals of the US Open. He will now meet Novak Djokovic.

 

The victory brought Roger to his 22nd (!) consecutive semifinal at a major tournament, which more than doubles the previous mark of 10 set by Ivan Lendl. “It’s probably one of the greatest records,” Roger said on court, “for me, anyway, in my personal career.”

 

Roger set off a firework to start off, wrapping up the first two sets with ease in just 59 minutes. Söderling struggled with Roger's perfect display and the gusting conditions. In the third set, the Swede hung in there, eventually challenging Roger to a tie-break. Roger quickly moved to 4-0, only for Söderling to suddenly came alive, getting back to 5-5 and finally even taking the set.

Söderling was not going away and he held his game together sufficiently to take the fourth set into a tie-break as well. He had another set-point but then lost two crucial points, handing Roger the victory just after midnight.

 

Roger will now play Novak Djokovic (ATP 4) in the semi-final on Saturday - the remake of last year's semi-final at the US Open. Roger leads the head-to-head 8:4.

 
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09/14/2009 | 01:11 AM
ALLAH AKBAR

Federer Wooooooooooooooooooooooon

09/14/2009 | 01:10 AM
shot of the year!!!!!
09/14/2009 | 01:10 AM
He has done it!!!
09/14/2009 | 01:10 AM
CONGRATULATIONS ROGER.
09/14/2009 | 01:08 AM
it's 6-5. A chance to end things. Break him CHAMP...
09/14/2009 | 01:08 AM
Roger was only broken once in this match in the first set, since then, he has faced a couple of break points and scaled through, all he needs is just one more break of Djoko's serve to avert a tie break. You can do it, go Roger go.
09/14/2009 | 01:07 AM
ethier break or playa french open final tie break
09/14/2009 | 01:04 AM
omg that serve was just sitting there roger someone slap him lol
09/14/2009 | 01:03 AM
Based on the score line, it wasn't oh so easy match, but with Djoko, everything that could go wrong, went wrong and he is about to lose the match for it. Go Roger go
09/14/2009 | 01:00 AM
Djoko just like Nadal, had some break chances but could not convert, Roger is 5-4 in the 3rd set and all he needs now is to break Djoko's serve to win. If he lets him in, he might be able to turn this match around, but I guess Djoko has run out of both ga