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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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08/16/2005 | 07:53 PM
eres el mejor espero q ganaes el torneo
tu eres el mejor
08/16/2005 | 07:45 PM
I'm glade you're back, six weeks it's to much time to spend not seeing you play. I hope you'll go far on the tournament. Good Luck!!!
PS: Loved the red shirt, you looked very cute.
Lot's of love all the way from Brasil.
08/16/2005 | 07:25 PM
You gave me quite a scare!!
Keep it up and go all the way!
08/16/2005 | 07:07 PM
Congratulations on getting to round 2! I think you know this, but the best strategy for this week is basically to win with just enough until it comes time to pull out the stops for the semis and the final. And definitely enjoy yourself! It's the first
08/16/2005 | 06:32 PM
Well done Rog! I have no doubt your game will pick up more steam in the next rounds. I stayed up late last night to watch the match and it was so nice to see you back! Good luck for the rest of the tournament.
08/16/2005 | 06:32 PM
good luck! and best regards to you roger.I hope you win the tournament and in the process get some quality practice in order to be ready for the us open.
08/16/2005 | 06:23 PM
Enjoy the match!
08/16/2005 | 06:22 PM
I'm glad your back! Good luck and beat Nadal!

08/16/2005 | 05:20 PM
Way to pull through against Blake, he's a tough opponent. Kiefer is on the chopping block.
08/16/2005 | 04:57 PM
well hi roger it's been along time that i haven't seen you playing your perfect tennis now that you atr back in the business at cincinnati i hope you are able to win this tournament and never alow nadal to win this one. well goodluck and hope that i will