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Roger breezes through opener

22.06.2009 | Tennis

Roger began his campaign to regain his Wimbledon crown with a solid victory in the opening match today, defeating Lu Yen-hsun of Chinese Taipei 7-5, 6-3, 6-2.

 

Our champ once again entered the court in a stylish outfit. This year, he went for a military-style jacket, which he stripped off to reveal a silk waistcoat worn over his more conventional tennis clothes.

 

Roger said: "It might look easy, but it is not. The first round is a lot different to say rounds two, three and four. You want to get off to a good start, get it out of the way and find your way into a tournament. Once you're in it, things seem a lot easier because your mind is in the tournament. But it is not easy, and Lu showed that today. It was a tough first set, and he remained tough throughout the game and that was good for me."

 

His first serve percentage was good, he kept unforced errors almost to a bare minimum when compared with his winners. All in all, Roger gave an allround performance today, which could in fact be taken as just a practice match for the next few days to come and which should get even better in the next set of matches to follow.

 

Roger will meet Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ATP 50) in the next round.

 
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24.06.2009 | 17:31
nice one Federer!!! way to the side!
24.06.2009 | 17:27
TriniMum just to let you know I bought the package from TennisTV.com for Wimbledon - $25 for all games and the quality is great. It can be worth it if you can't get it otherwise. You sign up on the Wimbledon website.
24.06.2009 | 17:26
I guess Azarenka will be around longer with her aheeeeeeeeee- she handed Olaru two bagels - poor girl!
24.06.2009 | 17:25
That was what u can call a BREAK
24.06.2009 | 17:25
LOVE IT GREAT PASSING BACKHAND from ROGER!!!
24.06.2009 | 17:25
I'm watching justintv - NOT in English. At least they're covering ALL of Roger's match. ESPN2 sucks big time.

Woof! UNBELIELVABLE bh to break!!
24.06.2009 | 17:24
cool that backhand was in (on the line) and that last rally - great playing Federer!
24.06.2009 | 17:20
great forehand though! ROGER wins the game finally!
24.06.2009 | 17:19
Roger is not getting enough first serves in - maybe the wind
24.06.2009 | 17:19
Roger comeon, u can't even hold a serve why is it getting difficult for u. Please don't give Garcia a come back chance to lead u hear.