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16.08.2005 | Tennis

Roger secured his place in the second round of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati with a 7-6(3) 7-5 win over American James Blake.


The top seed took what proved to be a decisive 5-2 tie-break lead after both players held their serve during the first set.


Blake then broke in the second game of the next set and went 3-0 up before Roger supremo won the next three, breaking his opponent back in the fifth. Blake's chances collapsed as he conceded five consecutive points to lose serve before Federer served out the match at 40-30.


It was Roger's first match on the ATP Tour since his Wimbledon victory six weeks ago. «There is certainly still room for improvement and I know I can play better than that - but the performance was already sufficient for a victory in two sets.»

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08/18/2005 | 10:08 AM
Hey Roger,
Its a bit late but still, BEST OF LUCK!!!!
Good wishes are always with you.

08/18/2005 | 08:02 AM
hi Roger
Please read James Blake's interview after the match... or you might already know what he said about you... It is much more than just a #1 tennis player in the world... Super compliments to you!
08/18/2005 | 07:14 AM
Dear Roger,

I'm a little worried while watching your match at 2am here in my country, but somehow I knew that you'd make through. Now that you're in the 3rd round, I hope that you are feeling much better and more confident about being back playing comp
08/18/2005 | 03:02 AM
Hi Roger, This is "Teacn", Mary Kay, your No. 1 Michigan, USA Fan!!!
Congratulations on getting to Round 3. I knew you would do it. You needed match play and you're getting it. Rochus will have his hands full!
I wanted to come to Cincinnati
08/18/2005 | 01:21 AM

you are the best, no problem, you can play better, you stay, , congratulations, i am happy, you too, ok, let´s go. smile, smile!.
08/17/2005 | 11:12 PM
Well, well, you was better than monday, it was a complicated match,
But you looked better with more confidence.
It is incredible , because I never thougth that so hard to begin after 45 days.
However , I think you will better match after match.
We lov
08/17/2005 | 10:56 PM
You play badly today, I think you know that..(or maybe you just use this game for practice??).. Your match with yves coming up next, hope you have enough rest.. best of luck all the way..
08/17/2005 | 10:21 PM
Congratulations Roger!
I was checking the live scoreboard every hour
or so (too anxious to see it point by point!) and
got so worried when Kiefer won the first set
(especially remembering the little scare he gave you at Wimbledon).
I am very happy fo
08/17/2005 | 10:20 PM
You did it again dear Roger after giving me such a scare. I should believe that you can go past Kiefer as you did in Wimbledon! These hard fought matches must only make you a better player. Its such a pity that we cannot watch your matches yet. Good Luck
08/17/2005 | 10:11 PM
What a win!! To let that first set slip through your fingers after such a great comeback was (nearly) devastating.

Kiefer is tough, and after Wimbledon had something to prove. You're still too good. Well done.
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