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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 | 09:06
Belated congratulations Roger. I hope you are all right and the 2nd and first part of the 3rd set were nothing but momentary lapses. You nearly gave us all heart attacks, but you fought back in the end and that is what is important. Good luck in your next
24.04.2008 | 08:46
great work roger i dont care if u droped a set atleast u won i think its good that u dropped a set gives u alot of practice and gives more things to work on gud luck in ur next match
24.04.2008 | 08:39
Nick Bollettieri’s comments after last year’s Wimbledon final are worth repeating: “A true champion may be shaken, but never broken. "Roger" and "rattled" are not words that inhabit the same sentence. Not usually. But in his epic final against Rafael Nada
24.04.2008 | 08:22
What determination Roger,it was just as though a button was pressed & you realised that you had to wake up! You played so well from 1-5 down,the shot making was wonderful.
Keep up the good work
Good luck as always.
24.04.2008 | 07:53
I am so glad that I saw the replay and knew you won for I would have been on pins and needles-It shows you what a GREAT CHAMPION YOU ARE-I do not know any player that could come back from that-Congratulations on your win and for the three awards presented
24.04.2008 | 07:37
Dear Roger,

I was following your match on the 3rd games. It showed that why you are still the world number 1.

Good Luck in your next round.

Hunt Chiang
24.04.2008 | 06:38
This is to Nadal. "It is best you keep your disguised, heartless comments to yourself. They are an insult to all his fans and probably to Roger as well".

... and who knows WHO might need luck to be in the final................
24.04.2008 | 06:19

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24.04.2008 | 06:12
Dear Roger,
Just want to say CONGRATS !! and I believe you always do your best and never give up.
24.04.2008 | 05:58
Congratulations Roger, I must say you had me on the edge of my seat when you were down in the third set 1-5. You were very lucky that your game came together when it did and that he got very nervous. Well done for hanging in there and not giving up. G