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A successful start

23.10.2007 | Tennis

Roger shifted his impeccable tennis back on course, but had to survive a scare from Germany’s Michael Berrer (ATP 56) to reach the second round of the Swiss Indoors in Basel today: 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

 

Against Berrer, Roger ran out a pair of love games to start and concluded the rapid-fire opening set in 21 minutes with a clean forehand into the corner. But that was where the tide turned, with Berrer finding a surprise 4-0 lead in the second set with our star able to break back only once, in the fifth game. Roger dropped the set but then stepped up a gear in the third, securing the 4-2 break and finally the set.

 

"I'm through to the second round and I have a day off on Wednesday," said Roger after his victory against Berrer, hulking 100kg and 1.90 metres, wondering what all the fuss was about. "It couldn't be better."

He will next meet Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro or the American Michael Russell.

 

 
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24.10.2007 | 08:28
Great sgtart, great win! Congratulations. It is insulting that you should be questioned about how you won you game, or other things to that effect. It is just that media clamor for dramatic and newsmongering without even a pretext. Most contemptible. In y
24.10.2007 | 08:09
Hey Roger,

well done reaching the second round at Basel. It's ridiculous that you have to explain why you lost the second set. The media is expecting an super performance every time, is winning not enough?? You won the match didn't you.
You are not s
24.10.2007 | 05:18
Fantastic. The Master is back. Annoyed at the lack of coverage over here. But glad that your web site has a great source of knowledgable fans that can post all the news. Well done to the Master and thank you to the fans.
24.10.2007 | 05:16
Congrats on the nice start Roger!
24.10.2007 | 05:06
Hello fellow Roger fans! :)

If you liked the RF logo hats that Roger wore this year at Wimbledon and the USO, and can't seem to buy one - do check out the RF hats petition thread on the forum here at RF.com! We're petitioning Roger and his management t
24.10.2007 | 04:46
May the force be with you the rest of the season. Maybe we won't need to do that android test of you that Mary Carillo suggested after all.

Heavy lays the crown....It is a large and difficult burden to carry the number one ranking for four years straig
24.10.2007 | 04:28
i miss the last tournament except the finals.....
and cant wait to see u gaining control again!!!

feels good watching u play!!! congrats!!! and God bless you!!!
keep healthy!!!

kisssssss
24.10.2007 | 03:55
Good going Roger. I saw part of your martch on streaming video on eurosport.com. You looked as wonderful as you normally do and I was so happy to see you playing so well and full of confidence. You are a champion that has no peer. I read a great deal of i
24.10.2007 | 03:38
Dearest Roger,

It's great to see you come right back with a win after Sunday's disappointment. Good luck in your next match and I look forward to following it on Thursday!

With love, hugs, and kisses,
Amber
24.10.2007 | 03:36
wow, roger! what a fantastic start to the week. Good luck against del Potro, he's sneaky!!