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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 | 16:05
Come on Roger !!! This year is your! Australian, French, Wimbledon and US Open wait for you Champ! Good luck warrior !
10.01.2007 | 15:42
It was so good to see you on the court again and even though it is just an exhibition, it was even better to see you get a win - no mater how hard fought - to open the season!
The close and long match you had was pretty much expected and perhaps prefera
10.01.2007 | 15:33
whew, tight match.. congrats Rogi.. keep it up.. and you can beat Marat.. =)
10.01.2007 | 15:33

This was a tight one, but you always know when to out your ammunition. Congrats on your first match, good luck with Safin! My heart and soul are always with you sweetie!

Your Ohio Buckeye!
10.01.2007 | 15:10
R O G I !!!!
Hey Champ, hard game.. even so, u won and i really congratulate you because this kind of game prepare you better in a mentally way.
Nothing better than starting the year winning.
All my energy 4 U !!!
10.01.2007 | 15:02
Dear Roger

I am glad to that you are back on the courts. Congrats to you. Take your time and work up. I know that you can do it.

All the best and may God be with you always.


Your 'Aunty Pat' from Jamaica
10.01.2007 | 14:49
And big thanks, that you made us so happy!
Thak you, again.
Be healthy, unnervous and good luck next match and everyday.
Bis bald!
10.01.2007 | 14:44
Congratulations Roger.
Just do your best
10.01.2007 | 14:31
what a way to start the season. CONGRATULATIONS!! the tournament may not count that much, but to win surely is a relief! whew! to be honest i thought it will be a clean sweep, but then it must be the holiday-lag. good luck to your next game vs safin. i k
10.01.2007 | 14:30
Congratulatiosn Champ!!
Nice to have you back

God Bless You