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Next up: round three

10.05.2006 | Tennis

Roger failed to find his true rhythm in his second round victory over wildcard Potito Starace at the Rome Masters. Committing a total of 35 unforced errors - 26 in the second set - he eventually managed to defeat the Italian 6-3, 7-6 (7-2).


Roger, who has reached the final of the last five ATP Masters Series events in which he has played and won four of them, said he felt he was playing the crowd as well as Starace. "I knew being up against an Italian here in Rome was going to be difficult," said the 24-year-old Swiss. "I had it here against Filippo Volandri and Andrea Gaudenzi, so I knew what to expect. The match was close, and I'm very happy to get through. He's a good clay player."


Roger next faces either Czech 14th seed Radek Stepanek or Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.

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