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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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20.01.2010 | 22:39
BIG GAME ROGER GO CHAMPION
20.01.2010 | 22:34
Hello Roger,

Congratulations on your win against Igor which I have yet to see. Best wishes on your next match against Victor.

dyuki
20.01.2010 | 21:58
Hi Roger,

you played well, considering Andreev found form from nowhere and that it was your first match. You looked to be moving really well in the 4th set.

Please work hard on your forehand, it used to be so amazing two years ago but now you make a
20.01.2010 | 21:24
Good luck, good luck, good luck in match with Hanescu, King Roger!!!!!!! Ludmila
20.01.2010 | 21:24
Good luck, good luck, good luck in match with Hanescu, King Roger!!!!!!! Ludmila
20.01.2010 | 21:20
Good match, Rogi:)
I'm very happy with you.
I wish you all the best in the next round.
And don't forget that I'll will be with you forever.
I love your beautiful tennis and you, too:)))
I send you sweet greeting from Slovakia:)
20.01.2010 | 21:17
Congratulations, Roger and good luck for you
20.01.2010 | 20:54
****LUX-LADY***

SORRY TO SAY BUT IF FEDERER WIN OR
LOSES IT WILL NOT BE THE END OF THE WORLD.
BESIDES THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER THINGS
IN THE WORLD WHICH ARE MORE IMPORTANT
THAN WINNING A GS TITLE BECAUSE
^^^^Ê V E R Y T H I N G IS RELATIVE^^^^
20.01.2010 | 20:41
It is easy to say Roger won't win and then if by chance he doesn't, that negative person can feel so powerful and say "see I told you". Of course it is easier to lose these difficult matches and especially the entire tournament than to win every match, s
20.01.2010 | 20:38
Good luck in your next match Roger! I'm sure you have a good chance to win it!