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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 | 03:00 PM
Tough match,wasn't it?
Anyway, you won and surely you will play better and better in the coming matches!
Best of luck in Cincinnati!
08/16/2005 | 02:31 PM
Hey Feds,

Just wishing you good luck in the doubles today.

08/16/2005 | 02:18 PM
Congratulations for another win Roger! :)
Good luck in the next round! I'll be cheering for you!

BTW, great to see you back! :)
08/16/2005 | 01:50 PM
a tough match,but you won!!


i'm sure it'll be easier next round and good luck!!

love you!!

08/16/2005 | 01:07 PM
Well done, Roger !

I'm very happy with this victory in 2 sets, because the 1st rds are always tough, especially after such a long time off court.

Now good luck today in the doubles, and tomorrow vs. Kiefer !

Love you forever,
08/16/2005 | 11:27 AM
After more than a month of non-competition, important first match warm-up finding all the right switches again, now moving on to the next gear, we know you'll be off to high speed in no time!
08/16/2005 | 11:00 AM
Blakes not an easy person to beat but think can play a bit better which I know you will so good luck.
08/16/2005 | 10:51 AM
Hello,Roger! Congradulations with your 1st win! It's very great that you win in 2 sets! Take care about your future opponents, i hope you'll play your best next matches!!! I hope your foot is OK and you feel normal! Good luck and best regards! I hope you
08/16/2005 | 09:45 AM
Good luck Roger.
We all wish you the best and cannot wait to witness your finesse and artistry.
Remember that you're the best player out there.
08/16/2005 | 09:09 AM
No one can stop you!