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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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15.01.2007 | 23:21
o thats good that you won. our hopes are with you
15.01.2007 | 23:15
Dear Roger,
Well done on your first win...all the best for your next match
15.01.2007 | 22:29
hi roger finally I can watch you playing this year!
it was hard for me keeping awake at 2.00 a.m. today but your match worth it!
I'm happy that after a few problems at the beginning then you have won your match easily! yours win it was a good b-day pre
15.01.2007 | 22:26
Congratulations champion! The first match of the year is always tricky but soon you got your rhythm back. Best of luck for the rest of the tournament.
Go Roger!!!
15.01.2007 | 22:10
Congrats Roger for your first win in your first competitive match of the year. The 2nd round looks good, but we know you never take anything for granted.
Go all the way Roger!!
15.01.2007 | 21:57
Dear Roger,

You got through, losing nine games, and looking for one so elegant, slightly rushed and rusty. The cobwebs will blow off over the first week and I always like a workmanlike start as the slam is two weeks and 7 rounds. Peaking at the end is
15.01.2007 | 21:21
Congratulation Rogi!!!
nice start, keep going ;)
15.01.2007 | 21:17
Come on roger!!!!!
Good Luck!!!!!!!!!
15.01.2007 | 21:11
Dear Rog (Leo), I was watching you live, and I had a good time because it was obvious that you will win but...

When you give too much of a hope at the beginning, you might lose a control of the overall. It is always more difficult to defend the tit
15.01.2007 | 20:27
Roger, it doesn't matter whether you won by the skin of your teeth, playing 7-6 (5) 7-6 (5) 7-6 (5), or whether you bageled Phau 3x over. The point is, you're through to Round 2 and he's not! Yay! Good luck in Rd. 2, and keep fit!

God bless you,