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A successfull start

10.01.2007 | Tennis

Roger had to work rather hard to defeat Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic in three sets in their opening match at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne this afternoon. Roger took over two hours to prove victorious, 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-5).

 

"I came here last year from winning Doha," said Roger. "I'm trying to find my way into the new year. Win or lose, this match would not have changed much. But it's always nicer to come up a winner. I turned it around when I had to."

Playing his first match of the 2007 season, Roger would certainly have hoped for an easier outing on a steamy day in Melbourne. He recovered after losing a break which had given him a 3-3 scoreline in the final set, staging a rally from 2-5 down in the final-set tiebreaker.

 

By the way, Stepanek is engaged to Swiss star Martina Hingis. Roger next plays against  former Australian Open champion Marat Safin of Russia, who beat Argentina's David Nalbandian in an earlier match.<o:p></o:p>

 

Roger has also joined the chorus of players calling for the Australian Open to be pushed back on the calendar. "It would be nice if the Australian Open would be a bit later because if that would happen we would have a bit more time in the off-season," Roger said. "But because the first grand slam is just around the corner basically, that's why we don't have any rest - if it would be in March we could take a rest."

 

 

 

 

 

 
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11.01.2007 | 23:29
Great to hear that you came back to the new season fit and healthy. I totally agree about AO. It always amazes me each year how soon the big grand slam starts after the New Year when I am just getting back to usual routine after the festive season. It
11.01.2007 | 09:59
Hi Roger,
congr to win Safin again, I know you'll win 13 Title this year (including 4 Gram Slam)!! trust me.
ps:Anyone notice that Roger have a new racket??? is it n-Blade or something?anybody
knows?please tell me or broadcast it,thanks.
your fans fro
11.01.2007 | 08:00
Jee, jee!
11.01.2007 | 05:28
CONGRATS AGAIN ROGER FOR WINNING AGAINST SAFIN. i was little scared to be honest, coz stepanek brought you to 3 sets yesterday. best of luck to the finals, especially the AO.

to the Filipinos out there, is the game being broadcast here live? if yes, wh
11.01.2007 | 05:18
Great start Federer. Ill be routing you on from the sidelines!! GOOD LUCK IN THE AUSSIE OPEN TOO!!
11.01.2007 | 05:06
Good show, Roger! Fighting start works for me.

Love and hugs,
Cori USA
11.01.2007 | 04:40
Hi Roger,

Congratulations on a successful start in 2007. I am looking forward to more wonderful tennis from a great champion. Take care!


Warthog
11.01.2007 | 04:32
Congratulations Roger on your first win for the year. You didn't play your best but in the end all that matters is the win so well done. Good luck against Safin
Cheers
Siggi
11.01.2007 | 04:08
11.01.2007 | 03:46
I hope you will feel more into the tournament and getting better each match. This is a great time to practice and get warmed up for the season. It's only exhibition but still you must hate to ever lose. Of course we fans feel the same.

Yes, it'
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