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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 | 10:54 AM
Dear Roger,

Goodluck in the match later vs. Kiefer. It will be 1am here in my country when you play but I will certainly be up and about to cheer you on! I know you'll win this one and the US Open too!!! Take care and I hope you're all adjusted to play
08/17/2005 | 10:20 AM
Hi Roger: Nadal is OUT, same sorry excuse (tired). Not that you care (smile). Anyway like they say if you can't play extra good, look good and you did. It might not have been your" A" game but you got the WIN. ESPN is finally doing things right by
08/17/2005 | 08:20 AM
Dear Roger,
Believe in yourself that you can win, doesn't matter who your opponent is, and enjoy playing the best tennis that you know you can! I'm very happy to see you back on the tennis court. I hope your feet are fine now. I'm looking forward to watc
08/17/2005 | 07:37 AM
best of luck roger, nadal is out of the draw, so its all u!!!!


hope to see you win in cincinnatti!!!
08/17/2005 | 06:21 AM
Thomas Berdych beat Nadal, so well done Berdych, and well done for predicting this would happen, JunahLot. This is good news for Roger and for all of us.
Pat, UK.
08/17/2005 | 04:14 AM
Hi Roger!

Great to see you playing on tour again after your victory in Wimbledon. Once I saw Blake as your 1st rd opponent at Cincy, I knew you would have your hands full and so you did.

You looked a bit rusty and the timing was off, but still the p
08/17/2005 | 01:56 AM
I stayed up until midnight last night watching your match against Blake even though I knew you had already won. But, I don't mind being a wreck at work today for you, ha! *wink* Anyway, it was a tough match and you certainly were rusty out there...but
08/17/2005 | 01:52 AM

08/17/2005 | 12:38 AM
Yepp...as everyone prior to me ha said- "Good Luck."
08/17/2005 | 12:22 AM
Roger, you are great. but you are aware. Focus on YOUR game. Expect the unexpected. Kick butt. The best of everything in all of your events.
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