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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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08/17/2005 | 09:50 PM
Roger just won 46 64 64. Though it was a close game, but our Roger always found a way to win! Congratulation, Roger!

Go, Roger, go.

CL from San Diego
08/17/2005 | 07:13 PM
Thank you Thomas!!
I knew he had good chances of winning, because he is very talented, also because he is the closest to Roger in style and attitude, at least on the tennis court(just without the beautiful O-h backhand and the magic). After Roger retirem
08/17/2005 | 04:30 PM
We're only getting about an hour of TV coverage of Cincinnati but things will improve for the semis and final. Please keep winning!!
08/17/2005 | 03:50 PM
I'm sure you'll win today,too.
Good luck for today's singles and doubles.

I love Roger,I love tennis!

08/17/2005 | 02:18 PM
Hi Roger, Congratulations on winning your 1st match after being back to competing. Always hard after a layout. But hang in there. Get your match fitness back and you'll be alright.

all the best. focus on the basics that helped you win all those matches
08/17/2005 | 01:33 PM
I can't wait to see your match with Kiefer at about 18:00GMT tonight. Good luck, go for it Roger. You are the best. Pat, UK.
08/17/2005 | 12:42 PM
Gud Luck against Kiefer Today. I hope to be watching!!!! With Nadal Out this gives you a chance to extend your lead in The Indesit Race if you hace a good tournament which you should!!!!!
08/17/2005 | 12:04 PM
08/17/2005 | 12:00 PM

It was a close match with James but a straight-set win nevertheless. I'm confident in your next match against Nicholas Kiefer, a player whom you are very familiar with. Having won your last 4 matches against him, even though he took the only se
08/17/2005 | 11:32 AM
play your best! keep smile on your face as well rhythm of your paces.
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