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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 | 10:10
Dear Roger,

I did not watch the match as I was at work. But I can imagine how it all felt for you being out there and almost losing to a very low ranked player and what is more in the second round.

All I can say at this point is stay focused. That
24.04.2008 | 10:08
Meine Freundin hat mir angerufen und sagte mir es waere zum Haaroel seichen ,Dir zu zuschauen.Ich musste ich mir selber wieder einmal etwas von meinem kostbaren in Australien nicht leicht erhaeltlichen Kirsch einschenken ,um meine
24.04.2008 | 10:06
It's not looking good. Federer's matches are becoming a torture to watch --- Tipsarevic in AO (too much tension even though he won it), Djokovic in AO semis, Fish in Indian Wells (look liked Roger's mind was elsewhere), Roddick in Miami (played great then
24.04.2008 | 10:03
ha laloya ha laloya
am going crazy but i check out the new timing i can watch the game yahoooooo.

i hope he will win
24.04.2008 | 10:03
Roger i love you but we want to see our hero retain the number 1 spot (unbroken) this year and win 15 grand slams, which means roland garros is a must win this year. please make us proud roger
24.04.2008 | 10:00
Hello everyone.

I am the most unlucky person on the planet.

I planned for everything so I can go home and watch Federer’s match after I take a 2 hour leave from work. But suddenly my manager start to be on a warpath and she is preparing to go on va
24.04.2008 | 09:47
Dear Roger
how do you do it. The comeback in this match was great.
Be patient, the victory comes.
All love you
24.04.2008 | 09:17
That was touch and go indeed!!! Please dont give us such a scare again Best of Luck for tommorows match
24.04.2008 | 09:13

Wow, what a way of change a nightmare, for make a sweet dream!! Congrat's, Champion! You are the Best! Ok, maybe a bad day but Roger is Roger; with your iron mind and terrific force; Thaks for the effort, courage and the great points of this mat
24.04.2008 | 09:13
Congrats Roger for pulling that one out from the jaws of defeat. Just saw the match and yikes, Hidalgo should've won that one, no question about it. The result was inspirational and good for the heart but the performance was not good at all. No disrespect