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Roger outperforms Jonas Bjorkman in Melbourne

17.01.2007 | Tennis

Roger advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Jonas Bjorkman on Wednesday, maintaining his record of never dropping a set against the Swede.

 

It was his second lopsided win over Bjorkman in the last three Grand Slam tournaments. He beat the 34-year-old doubles expert in straight sets in the Wimbledon semifinals last year as a warmup to beating Spain's Rafael Nadal in the final.

 

Unlike his opening match against Bjorn Phau, when Roger lost serve three times in the first set, he came out sharp, ripping six forehand winners in the first three games as he jumped to a 3-0 lead that he never relinquished.

 

Always a perfectionist, he nevertheless berated himself after errors and took practice swings to make sure he didn't repeat the mistakes.

 

Bjorkman had his share of fans sprinkled in the near-capacity crowd on a humid day that started overcast, unlike Tuesday's broiling sun. One group, in hats, shirts and face paint in Swedish blue-and-yellow, chanted support for Bjorkman and rewarded his winners with "That's the way, uh-huh, uh-huh, we like it."

 

Roger made sure there was not much for them to like, hitting 38 clean winners and dropping serve once in the first and third sets.

 

Roger took just an hour to pocket the first two sets, using pinpoint accuracy from the baseline to thwart Bjorkman's forays to the net.

 

The Swede relied on drops and some improvised shotmaking to work Roger around, but it rarely worked consistently in the match that lasted one hour 35 minutes.

 

Roger served for the match just as the sun broke through the clouds. On match point, he jumped high for an overhead. Bjorkman got it back, only to have him whack another overhead, this time out of reach for the Swede.

 

"I think I was pretty much in control," Roger told reporters.

 

He knew he would not get many letoffs against Bjorkman, who has a few more tricks in his arsenal.

 

"You're always a bit worried because he's got a lot of experience. He's not going to back down from a physical challenge, as well. I knew if I kept my serve going it would make it tough for Jonas, it was a good match from my side. I knew if it ever got close he has the experience. You know you're in for a fight if it gets tough, so you want to have the distance."

 

"Jonas is a great guy, he always puts up a good fight. Today it went my way, I'm playing pretty well right now." said our champion, who improved to 5-0 in career head-to-head meetings.

 

"I didn't give him so many chances like I did against Phau - I think it's a bit of an improvement."

 

The win set up a tricky third-round match against Russian 25th seed and U.S. Open semifinalist Mikhail Youzhny.

 

"He upset Rafael Nadal at last year’s U.S. Open and I have played him several times so I know what a great player he is," Roger said.

 

Victory against the Russian would likely set Roger up for a mouthwatering fourth-round encounter with in-form 14th seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia, who beat Feliciano Lopez.

 

The 19-year-old has has not lost a set in the tournament, and with a title under his belt at Adelaide this season Roger appreciates he is one for the future.

 

"I didn't see anything of Adelaide. Of course I will follow him a little bit more close. He's definitely playing well and confident and everything, but I've got other things to worry about in the next round."

 
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18.01.2007 | 05:46
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GRACIAS MAESTRO,EXCELENTE PARTIDO. JUGASTE MEJOR QUE CONTRA PHAU.

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18.01.2007 | 05:45
Go Roger!!!
18.01.2007 | 05:33
HI ROGER ;

MY HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU FOR ADVANCING INTO THE THIRD ROUND OF AUSTRALIAN OPEN .WE ALL KNOW THAT YOU ARE THE AND WILL REMAIN SO FOR TIMES TO COME.WE FANS OUT HERE WANT YOU TO SURPASS ALL RECORDS AND SET A RECORD THAT NO ONE CAN EVER
18.01.2007 | 04:52
Hey Roger, way to go, we know you are number 1, happy you are going to round 3
18.01.2007 | 04:49
hi champ!

you were superb in your match, although i think you were showing a little bit of irritation... maybe because of the heat? :D cause you were very much in control of this match with bjorkman, so i don't think you were irritated at yourself :D a
18.01.2007 | 04:17
Dear Roger

I was so pleased to see you play last night. I really loved it. Please continue in the same mode, focus, focus and dont come down so hard on yourself when you make an error. Just continue to be your usual self.

May God go with you in t
18.01.2007 | 02:34
*Te felicito rog!! porque has estado excelente en tus 2 partidos, aunque ahora como que te enojas mas cuando pierdes un punto, pero bueno!!! sigue asi!!!! te quiero muchísimo!!!!!

Atte;-) Pau*
18.01.2007 | 02:09
Well done Roger. Another straight sets victory and still room for improvement. Good luck for the next match. We know you will be well prepared ;)
18.01.2007 | 00:40
Stayed up to watch your match against bjorkman. You played a great attacking match. I still think you have so much more arsenel in the bag, which doesnt sound good for your opponents. Well done Roger!
18.01.2007 | 00:08
Dearest Roger,

Congratulations on reaching the 3rd round of the Australian Open! You were superb against Jonas Bjorkman! Looks like you're getting into the competitive match mood now and playing some truly spectacular tennis. Well done!

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