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Roger survives shock

21.06.2010 | Tennis

Six-time champion Roger came back from the brink of a dramatic first-round exit at Wimbledon on Monday, recovering from two sets down to beat Colombia's Alejandro Falla 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1), 6-0.

 

Roger who is bidding for a record-equalling seventh men’s singles title, was staring down the barrel as the south American world number 60 served for the match at 5-4 in the fourth set after producing a spellbinding display of baseline power and volleying guile.

 

But the Swiss top seed, who also recovered from 4-4 0-40 on his serve in the third set, finally found his game after being made to look second best for much of the match before a disbelieving Centre Court crowd. He wrapped up the fourth set tiebreak 7-1 and ran through in double quick time.

 

He admitted that he had been very fortunate to avoid going out against an inspired opponent. "I definitely got a bit lucky today, this is a match I should have lost and he played incredible" said Roger right after the match.

 

His next opponent will be Serbia's Ilija Bozoljac (ATP 152).

 
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06/23/2010 | 11:01 PM
I hope I'm wrong.... But I can't see Roger reaching the final this year.

All this trouble to beat a player 14x positions lower in the hierarchy... something must not be right...
06/23/2010 | 10:55 PM
how come roger doesnt have an easy match??its a bit of unluck? or a test?oh!! roger it must be difficult before you reach HEAVEN..to lift your 17th GS..goodluck on next round..see you friday idol!!

mahut and isner match??what a tiring match ever!! dont
06/23/2010 | 10:51 PM
It was a very tough match vs. Bozoljac, i really hope you'll improve your game...C'MONN ROGERRRRRRRRRR
06/23/2010 | 10:46 PM
roger you aren't playing like you.you are playing like nadal.you must play too agresive, your style is changening,this musn't be.you are ROGER FEDERER.
06/23/2010 | 10:31 PM
it is 59-59!!!! Inser-Mahut NEVER stop playing.. it continues... suddenly play is suspended!!! chair umpire, line umpires, ball boys, ball girls are very tired.. Inser and Mahut are very sleepy and exhausted!!!! We will see this great match tomo... :)

06/23/2010 | 10:11 PM
play suspended again!!!
06/23/2010 | 10:01 PM
WOW,

ASI O MÁS DRAMA!! I WAS ON THE EDGE OF MY CHAIR!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!
THAT'S WHAT MAKES A CHAMP, THE MENTAL STRENGH, WHAT A RECOVERY!!!
JUST AMAZING
06/23/2010 | 09:57 PM
Oh god... This match (Isner vs Mahut) has to be stopped... Atleast feel pity for umpires and ball boys... :) :)
06/23/2010 | 09:53 PM
This is INSANE!!!! (Isner-Mahut)
06/23/2010 | 09:48 PM
Isner - Mahut = "57 : 56" in the 5th set


IIII NNNN CCCC RRRR EEEE DDDD IIII BBBB LLLL EEEE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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