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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 | 12:37 AM
2 hours already
09/14/2009 | 12:26 AM
AHA Del Potro is watching? And he claimed he would just have a massage and go to sleep after his match. I guess not. Well it isn't over yet - Djokovic is very tough and I have seen him come from behind before. Roger cannot afford to lose concentration
09/14/2009 | 12:26 AM
Yes he did it only one set to go.

Perfect play Roger
09/14/2009 | 12:25 AM
Dear Roger
Beat him now, please! Don't go to the fourth set, you can do it! You deserve to play in final
09/14/2009 | 12:24 AM
He did it!!!! Roger just avoided another tie break, took the 2nd set 7-5. One more set to go and we are back in the finals again. That advantage point did it for Roger. Spectacular play for Roger, never given up on any point. Del Potro is watching, I gues
09/14/2009 | 12:24 AM
unreal play. unreal play and rallies. and with uncountable many amazing shots, unreal ones. i've no words, stay calm Roger one more set and the final is here!!!!
09/14/2009 | 12:24 AM
YESSSSSSSSSS what a great scramble by Federer on that second to last shot and then he got the set!!!!! Isn't it incredible how his wife stays so calm yet supportive? I would be a nervous wreck but she just kind of claps and smiles. Who is the girl who w
09/14/2009 | 12:23 AM
great go on
09/14/2009 | 12:23 AM
second set Federer!
09/14/2009 | 12:23 AM
ALLAH AKBAR
ALLAH AKBAR

2/0 to Federer