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Roger survives first round scare

19.01.2010 | Tennis

Roger played Igor Andreev (ATP 36) on the second day of the Australian Open. He had to work hard in a match lasting 164 minutes in order to defeat the Russian 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(2), 6-0.

 

"I just hoped that I was going to hang in there. He was a wonderful player and it was tough. It was a fortunate third set for me today, but all in all I'm very happy with my performance," Roger said after the match. He has never been eliminated in the first round in his eleven appearances at Melbourne Park and was thus clearly relieved.

 

Roger started well, controlling the first set at first, but with Andreev's powerful returns then had to admit a break and dropped the first set. He won the second set in Roger-like, efficient manner - but the third was one big battle. Facing break point, Roger hit a misjudged drop shot, but Andreev, with the court open, played long. Roger then served for the set, but won only one point, then served to stay in the set and won just two points. Everything was wide open for Andreev - who then went on to miss the chances given. In the tie-breaker, at last, normal service resumed, with our champ taking it home easily. The last set was one last race by Roger, making everything clear after the somewhat scary intermezzo.

 

Roger will meet the winner of the match between Chile's Juan Ignacio Chela and Romania's Victor Hanescu in the second round on Thursday.

 
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21.01.2010 | 03:35
That good for roger I hope that you continue advancing and you gain the open one of Australia.

I wish much luck you
21.01.2010 | 02:21
Dear Roger thank you for your game, it is wonderful to see the strong mind a person can have, you are an example for a lot of people, including me.

Good Luck today, I am sure you will win.
21.01.2010 | 02:18
Dearest, Dearest, Roger !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good luck !!!!!!
I´m going to set my alarm clock at 5 am.
I´m going to see you get into the tennis court, and I´m going to see you play.....That´s all what I need.
All my love and support forever
Dinora
21.01.2010 | 00:40
gr8 match Roger!!!!! congrats from Medellin, colombia!!!!! keep doing well ur the best 4ever
21.01.2010 | 00:39
marj69*I don't believe the person who does these things is quite right in the head. I supposed we ought to be nice and just realize his head is empty of brains. That is so sad.
20.01.2010 | 23:29
Congrats for your victory against Andreev and good luck on your match against Hanescu!! I'll be getting up at 3am just to see you play but I know it'll be worth it.

big hugs
20.01.2010 | 23:13
Oh so hilllarious !!!!!
Posting a negative message 10 or so TIMES thinking the other fans can't read or wont' see it ..... WE are not that uneducated, actually, ALMOST everyone on this site is very bright, except perhaps one or two... get the message
20.01.2010 | 23:08

Dear Roger :

All my best wishes for you in your match against Victor Hanescue . GOOD LUCK our Champion .

Maika .
20.01.2010 | 23:05
I was worried as you got mad at yourself and made some bad shots until you broke free and played well.
20.01.2010 | 22:39
I'm getting too old for those scary matches! I almost had a heart attack during that third set. But in the back of my mind I knew Roger would come through even if he lost that set. When I first saw the draw I was concerned because Igor Andreev is a tou