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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 | 09:13 PM
does anyone here know what's going on with the Isner/Mahut score? The Wimbledon website live scores is telling me they're at 1-all 5th set! I know they reached 50, but did they reach 100 already so they had to "reset"??? what's going on?
06/23/2010 | 09:10 PM
Jennico,

Are you surprised the Serb behaved like that? Where have we seen that kind of behaviour before. Maybe tutored. Think about it.

Roger a gracious champion.
06/23/2010 | 09:09 PM
Isner vs Mahut match is going crazy.... i feel pity for line-men, umpire and ball boys... they have to concentrate so much along with these two gigantic players... My god...
06/23/2010 | 09:07 PM
ISNER AND MAHUT ,

I FEEL I'M WATCHING AN NBA GAME , NOT TENNIS !!!!!!!!!!!
06/23/2010 | 09:04 PM
ISNER AND MAHUT ,

TO ME THERE IS NO LOSER IN THIS MATCH , IT'S JUST AN HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO BE PART OF SOMETHING SO HISTORIC , SOMETHING THAT WILL REMAIN SO UNIQUE IN THE TENNIS AND EVEN SPORTS HISTORY BOOKS FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
06/23/2010 | 09:02 PM
***Fedfanfreak***
Very well put...
Bozoljac was a bit obnoxious and distracting,
strutting around the court. But, as you said, Roger never showed any impatience or irritation
After the match, Bozo didn't have the courtesy to leave the court quietly an
06/23/2010 | 09:01 PM
ISNER AND MAHUT ,

I THINK ISNER IS GONNA HAVE A MENTAL MELTDOWN , SOONER OR LATER , HE USUALLY LOSES IT AT SOME POINT , SO I'M GOING FOR MAHUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
06/23/2010 | 09:00 PM
ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FELICIDADES, HOY I could not see, but very happy you won. SUCCESS IN THE NEXT MEETING. YOU CAN GO ROOOOOO. I LOVE YOU. KISSES TO THE FAMILY. ROSI DE ARGENTINA
06/23/2010 | 08:59 PM
ISNER AND MAHUT ,

100 GAMES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
06/23/2010 | 08:57 PM
ISNER AND MAHUT ,

THE DURATION OF THE MATCH IS SOON GONNA SURPASS THE TIME OF THE 2008 AND 2009 WIMBLEDON FINALS COMBINED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!