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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 | 04:45 PM
Congratulations Roger. It was a tough match after your time out of the courts, but you handled it like a true Number 1. A colleague of mine told me you were thinking of Nadal and that is why you struggled. I believe you are fearless of Nadal. Your game is
08/16/2005 | 04:40 PM
Dear Roger:
Good luck!!! GO!!GO!!GO!!
08/16/2005 | 04:18 PM

Very very happy for your win over Blake,
but I am so upset that I cann't see you play live.I want to see you play again deadly,you don't know how much I miss you.

Even your fight status is not so well as before,but anyway,you
08/16/2005 | 04:15 PM
Wow, Roger really had to work hard, and against Blake at that. Here's hoping Roger improves.
08/16/2005 | 03:58 PM
Hi Roger,

Your lack of matches clearly shows in your game last night. However, good thing you won. Good luck on the 2nd round.
08/16/2005 | 03:56 PM
Congratulations! well done.
You will find a way to win no matter whatever situation.

All the way ... u will find your rythm to play
08/16/2005 | 03:52 PM
i am happy to hear that you win after wimbledon. i am sure you will be the winner in Cincinnati.
i am so sad that i can't see your live play!
good luck and God bless you.
08/16/2005 | 03:26 PM
Happy being able to watch your match last night, not easy hor.. rusty? I don't think so. I would say lack of practice instead... We all know that 1st game is alway like a warmup game.. you just did enough to win, that good!!
congratulations fo
08/16/2005 | 03:14 PM
I knew you'll win against James Blake. Good luck on you next singles match and doubles match as well. Keep on winning..
08/16/2005 | 03:00 PM
I cannot see your match....because I have classes from MON to THU this week:(. WHAT A PITY!! I hope I can see your match!! So, PLEASE, keep on winning!! Win this TITLE!! Then I can see you in QF, SF and the final!!!
I'm looking forward to that!!!