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Roger advances at the Australian Open

15.01.2007 | Tennis

Roger made it look difficult for a change, starting his bid for a 10th Grand Slam championship and successful Australian Open title defence by dropping serve three times in the first set.

 

But our Champion rebounded quickly after Bjorn Phau took a 5-3 lead, winning the next nine games - conceding only six points in the second set. He went on to win 7-5, 6-0, 6-4, easily dispatching the 27-year-old German who beat him seven years ago in their only previous match.

 

"I got broken in the first set three times, and that makes you a little bit nervous," said Roger, who went 92-5 with 12 titles last season and has held the top ranking since February 2004. "You try to stay cool, but I got a little bit nervous." Otherwise, he said, "It felt great to be back."

 

Roger changed his preparation schedule this year, skipping his usual regular-season opener and playing three matches in an exhibition tournament at Kooyong, where he lost the final Saturday to Andy Roddick.

 

Roger said it would take a little time to get his best rhythm back, and was happy to even the score with Phau, who beat him in 1999 at Washington.

 

In the next round, he will either play against Jonas Bjorkman from Sweden (50) or Olivier Patience (115) from France.

 
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19.01.2007 | 03:47
Way to start Roger!

Love and hugs.
Cori USA
18.01.2007 | 22:53
Roggi, go for this match.
He is a tough player.But you are more better.
Gooooooooooooooo
17.01.2007 | 07:54
Hi Roger,
Yes it is the Wonderful World of Tennis, and the Fabulous Family of Tennis as well. You Posh Professional Players travel all around the world and hang together in the waiting rooms and out by the pool, and have meals together and just have a gr
17.01.2007 | 04:22
Congratulations for beating both Phau and Bjorkman. I know you can go all the way! Terrific game this last time!
Love,
Anne
17.01.2007 | 03:55
Allez Roger! u can do it! good match,try to be more confident,u can do it!now i'm watching your match agaisnt Bjorkman,u can do it!champ!,this tittle will be your 10th Grand Slam!!!
17.01.2007 | 02:16
So happy to see you again, and showing your great tennis
gooooooooooooooooooooooo
17.01.2007 | 01:40
I like the old racket n shoes better..this new racket looks crowded w/ paintjobs..not sleek looking like the ncode..but the light creamy blue tshirt is nice..good luck for the tournament!
16.01.2007 | 23:02
Well - the first hurdle is out of the way but I am concerned to read the comments of others about your standard of play. Unfortunately I was not able to see your match so I cannot comment on these fairly. I hope you will be able to play your very best t
16.01.2007 | 21:59
16.01.2007 | 20:53
So great to see you again, Roger! a little difficult start, but i think everything will be ok. GOOD LUCK!!!
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