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Monte Carlo

10.04.2005 | Tennis

Roger’s 25-match winning streak has ended. Eighteen-year-old Frenchman Richard Gasquet snapped it today after saving three match points during a decisive third-set tiebreaker. Gasquet won the match 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, winning the last-set tiebreaker 10-8.

Gasquet staved off three match points in the third-set tiebreak and sealed the upset by scalding a backhand passing shot down the line from way behind the baseline after 2 hours, 20 minutes of dramatic tennis. Roger saved two match points late in the third set to force the tiebreak. Roger was trying to become the first player to win three straight Masters Series events, as he recently corralled titles at Indian Wells and Miami. The reigning Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Masters Cup champion Federer fell to 35-2, including five titles, this season. He's off to the best start on the ATP in since John McEnroe opened at 39-0 in 1984.



Roger survived a ferocious onslaught from powerful Chilean Fernando Gonzalez at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monte Carlo, on Thursday, winning 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals. Roger, aiming for a record third consecutive Masters Series title, came through after two hours 21 minutes and will now face French teenager Richard Gasquet.

Roger, winner of eight of his last nine tournaments, had not dropped a set in two previous meetings with Gonzalez and looked on course for another routine victory when he led 5-3 in the second set having strolled through the first.

However, Gonzalez broke back. Striking the ball with awesome power, the 24-year-old dominated the second set tiebreak, winning it 7-3 with uncharacteristic errors spraying from Roger's racket.



Roger stretched his winning streak to 25 matches Wednesday with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Spaniard Albert Montanes in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

He went through his full repertoire of shots against Montanes who managed to keep the top seed out on court for just 59 minutes.

Roger, looking to go beyond the quarter-finals at the claycourt tournament for the first time, had plenty in reserve against his 24-year-old opponent, suffering just one blip when he sloppily lost his serve at 5-2 in the second set.

Roger has won 50 of his last 51 matches since the beginning of the 2004 U.S. Open, plays or Fernando Gonzalez in the third round.



Roger has continued his dominance of the ATP Tour with an easy victory over Greg Rusedski in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Roger improved his record to 32-1 for the year with the win, but he wasn't always in control of the match as Rusedski got an early break to lead 3-1 in the opening set.

He regained his composure though and won the next nine games in-a-row and took the match 6-3 6-1 in just over an hour.



Roger will be playing his first match in Monte Carlo against Greg Rusedski this Tuesday. It has been three years since Roger last made it to Monte Carlo, so this will be the first time he plays it as the world's #1.

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