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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 | 16:53
... and he holds to love
24.06.2009 | 16:53
now 3-1. That was a fast game!
24.06.2009 | 16:51
Good job Roger! Now consolidate your lead.
24.06.2009 | 16:51
Nice break
24.06.2009 | 16:51
Nice break from Roger after a weak start. Go Roger go. He leads 2-1 now
24.06.2009 | 16:50
Good win for Dulko - she was so nervous at the end. I'm glad she beat Sharapova. Even if Sharapova shrieks it isn't as bad as another lady, can't remember which one, who says ah EEEEEEEEEEEEE on every point. Is that Azarenka? Or Wozniaki? Anyway. Wil
24.06.2009 | 16:49
Ugh! I am watching ESPN2 and they are showing Serena's match and not anything yet on Roger. GRRRRRR.
24.06.2009 | 16:47
Hi Roger,

Nice outfit. it looks cool. Good start! Looking forward for your next game. All the best!!!
24.06.2009 | 16:47
That's it - game Federer. Looking relaxed. Just don't get too relaxed. Keep sharp!