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Roger starts in style

15.01.2008 | Tennis

Roger shrugged off any doubts about his health today, thumping Argentina's Diego Hartfield 6-0, 6-3, 6-0 in his Australian Open first round match at Rod Laver Arena.


"I feel good. I'm very happy to be back playing. I was never in really doubt (of playing at the Open) because I always had a week to recover," our star said. In little more than 74 minutes, he took control early in the first set and didn't take his foot off the pedal at any stage for a comfortable win.


There had been fears that Roger would still be suffering from the illness which saw him pull out of the Kooyong Classic heading into the tournament. But he certainly showed he is well on his start into the first Grand Slam of the year.


Next up for Roger is a meeting with veteran Frenchman Fabrice Santoro.

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