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Roger struggles into third round

23.04.2008 | Tennis

Roger was two points from an exit from the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday before rallying to beat Spanish qualifier Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 to reach the third round.


The world number one was 5-4 and 30-15 down in the third set before his opponent, ranked 137th by the ATP, crumbled under the pressure.


He eventually won the tiebreak 7-1, wrapping it up after two hours and three minutes on his first match point when Ramirez Hidalgo sent a forehand wide.


"I felt a bit slow out there. He played so badly in the first set that he almost faked me out," Roger told reporters. "But when he served for the match it became tough on him."


"I'm disappointed by the way I played but tomorrow is a new match, a new day, a new opponent. And so far, it's six matches and six wins on clay so I'm happy."

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24.04.2008 | 15:11
Man, this tournment is great!!! Several top ten players!!! Now we're gonna watch a lot of good matches....
24.04.2008 | 15:10
Good one. I just watched it. So proud of you, Roger.
Someone said that you were weak in the last game, however, my point of view is he showed his strong ability to turn the impossible to the possible. Great!
24.04.2008 | 15:08
Congratulations Roger.Much better play. You must be very very happy with this performance... What ever you did just bottle it and keep it for the next match!!!!!!!!!
24.04.2008 | 15:07
Yes, a comfortable victory.
No aces, no double faults - how many matches like this has Roger had?
24.04.2008 | 15:04
nice!! GAME SET MATCH roger federer 6-3, 6-4!!! glad he got a short match 2day. but nalbandian and djokovic will be his next opponents i think, was looking at the draw earlier.
pokah22, u were asking abt the 22 in my nick? haha, 22 is my fav number, and
24.04.2008 | 15:02
I just went over to live scoring and found out that Roger has beaten Monfils in straight sets. Congrats, Roger!! I knew you would do this. I hope you are feeling better every day. This is your year to win the title and then we will ALL celebrate!!!!! GO R
24.04.2008 | 15:02
Just finished following the score online, 6-3 6-4, Roger got broken once, and he broke 3 times.

Looks like a comfortable win, Roger only faced one break point, but surprisingly, no aces.
24.04.2008 | 14:59
Hey guys, it's all over, one break in the second set gave Federer the upper hand and he's won. That was easier and much more Federer-like. I hope he goes into Quarters charging like a bull and b4 u know it, he is in the finals. Go Roger, we're very proud
24.04.2008 | 14:49
Hey Fedfan_22 What's with the 22? LOL. Anyway, It should be over in a little over an hour. Good game though, I am very proud of him today. I hope he finishes Monfils off. Its 4-3 now in the 2nd set. He should ust hold serve and break and it's over. We wil
24.04.2008 | 14:45
congrats Roger. i m happy with the result .
try ur best to win the title