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Roland Garros

23.05.2005 | Tennis

Roger clearly defeated former world No. 1 Carlos Moya today 6-1, 6-4, 6-3. The 14th-seeded Moya captured Roland Garros back in 1998, but hasn't made it past the quarterfinals in his last seven trips to Paris. Roger, who has yet to drop a set at this fortnight, looked sharp on Day 7, while Moya was slowed by a nagging right shoulder injury. Roger has only lost two matches all year (45-2), with one of them coming against big Russian Marat Safin in the semifinals of the Australian Open back in January. Up next in Paris will be 6-foot-6 Romanian Victor Hanescu, who stunned the 2004 French Open semifinalist Nalbandian 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 in the round of 16.

 

Roger labored a little against 25th-seeded Chilean strongman Fernando Gonzalez today, but regrouped and moved on with a 7-6 (11-9), 7-5, 6-2, victory. Gonzalez, who has won four out of his five ATP titles on sand, fought hard and made strong pressure with his forehand. It took 54 minutes before the first set went to Roger and the second set was also a tight battle. Roger managed to make everything clear with a good third set and converted his first matchball after two hours and ten minutes. Roger is now a solid 12-1 on clay this season, and next up (Sunday afternoon local time) will be former world No. 1 Carlos Moya, who needed all five sets to defeat fellow Spaniard Fernando Vicente, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (3-7), 0-6, 6-4. Moya, the 1998 titlist here, needed seven match points before finally capturing the victory.

 

Roger maintained his focus today to carve out a 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 victory over Spain's Nicolas Almagro and reach the French Open third round. He was surprisingly stretched to a tiebreak in the second set by his 76th-ranked opponent but Roger restored order by charging through it 7-0. He clinched victory on his second match point when Almagro sailed a forehand wide to end the match after one hour 47 minutes. He next faces Chilean 25th seed Fernando Gonzalez or German qualifier Tomas Behrend.

 

Roger thundered past qualifier Dudi Sela 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 today to take his place in the second round of the French Open. Seeking the only grand slam title to have eluded him, he left his Israeli foe dazed with a succession of powerful winners on the Roland Garros centre court in an 89-minute masterclass. "I'm happy with that win, I feel I have prepared well for this event". Roger showed a very offensive game and often came up to the net under the eyes of Tony Roche – who won the tournament in 1966. Having lost in the third round last year, Roger will face Spain's Nicolas Almagro in the next round. Until now Roger has never progressed beyond the quarter-finals in the French capital.

 
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