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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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10.01.2007 | 17:15
Hey, Federer, congratulations!!! Winning is really the perfect way to start a year!!! But remember Safin is a good tennis player, he's very nice, and you'll have to be careful, Federer. Give the best of yourself, because he's also a good player. And Austr
10.01.2007 | 16:52
10.01.2007 | 16:51
Congratulation on your first win of 2007. It was not a walk in the park, but tough matches are the best preparation for your big matches in AO.

Best of luck on your next match!

CL from San Diego
10.01.2007 | 16:51
nice play...Can i see the games in tv?
10.01.2007 | 16:50
Bien Roger salvaste el partido.
Para los fanaticos en español pueden entrar siempre a este blog.
http://federer.pe.kz
nos vemos adios!!
10.01.2007 | 16:34
CONGRATULATIONS!!
It's always good to start with a win.

you're the best.
10.01.2007 | 16:24
Hi Roger,

Congratulations on winning your first match of he season a difficult match but one which iam glad you won. It looks like the serve need's some fine tuning but as you say it takes time to find your rythem and form having not played since the
10.01.2007 | 16:18
Hay federer congrats on winning... Wish you best of luck for the next fixture..
bye
maleeha
10.01.2007 | 16:12
Congratulations Roger, excellent start!!
I just realy hope that if pushing back the Australian open, it wouldn't be at the same time of Dubai open championship because I realy want you to come here to Dubai and watch you play live.
10.01.2007 | 16:10
Hi Roger. Tough one but you did it. Good luck against Marat Safin. love Joyce. x