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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 | 18:30
CONGRAT ! at first round ROGI...
I know u can do it this AO FINAL.
WISH U BEST OF LUCK IN 2007
love from TH
15.01.2007 | 18:26
Yay. More bagels. =D
15.01.2007 | 18:24
felicidades y vamos por mas triunfos!!
15.01.2007 | 18:07
Well done Roger!!
Nicely into the tournament in straight sets - it's no surprise that it took a while for you to find your rhythm on RLA in match conditions - but you always looked in control and played some lovely shots.

On to Jonas - well, you know
15.01.2007 | 18:06
Congratulations Roger!
It's good to see you again!
Good luck in the next round.
6 to go for the Happy Slam
Goooooooo Roger!
15.01.2007 | 18:05
Congrats! That was a nice start. Keep it up. goodluck
15.01.2007 | 17:50
congrats federer..
& best of luck 4 ur next match
15.01.2007 | 17:30
Hi Roger,

Great way to start the new season....with a bagel !!!! :-)

So happy you won & to see you back on the court again!

GOOD LUCK!!!

peace&love
laura
nyc
15.01.2007 | 17:26
We'll always support you

Waiting for AO 2007 Cup

Wishing success for the following games
15.01.2007 | 17:21
CONGRUTS ROGER!!!!!!!!!!!! You've made it thru first round but of course knew you would. UR SO GREAT love watching play again. Best of luck against Bjorklan! GO FEDI!
Hugs,
Mars