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Roger in round three

03.09.2005 | Tennis

Roger came through a tough test at the US Open, beating wily Frenchman Fabrice Santoro 7-5 7-5 7-6 to reach the third round.


Santoro had Roger rattled and irritable at times with a dazzling array of shot-making, but the Swiss world No.1 found his best tennis when it mattered to advance to a meeting with Olivier Rochus, the 27th seed from Belgium. "I had a blast out there today," Roger said. "Rarely the crowd gets into a match like they did tonight. The way he plays, the way I play, I knew it could be a great one."


Roger looked on course for a comfortable victory when he stormed to a 5-1 lead but Santoro, the world No.76, broke back twice and Roger needed a third break, in the 12th game, to clinch the set. Roger then saved three break points in the seventh game of the second set before again breaking to win it, and then played a stunning tiebreak in the third, winning it 7-2 and ending up with an incredible 73 winners on the night. "I could have closed it out earlier, but he played good tennis," Roger said. "The conditions were tough tonight, it was quite windy and it was tough to get it past him, particularly when he was coming to the net.

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09/04/2005 | 11:34 AM
It was a close one !!! BUT you won, that is the main thing! All the best in your next match, stay healthy. Go Roger.............
09/04/2005 | 11:31 AM
Roger, you will be the champion!!!
Good luck!!!
09/04/2005 | 11:28 AM
Good to have these sorts of matches... Fabrice played very well and forced you to show some of your best tennis. Those 73 winners - that's incredible!

Now that the biggest threat in the name of Rafael Nadal is out, there's no obstacle left. But be care
09/04/2005 | 10:40 AM
way to go. great match. only managed to catch the 1st set though. but congrats.

good luck for the upcoming matches. take it a step at a time and win this US Open!. stay focused, fit, strong and healthy!
09/04/2005 | 10:24 AM
Hi Roger

Well done and Fantastic match!!
I'm sure you'll win today too.
Good luck to you for the 3rd round.
Cheer up!!

09/04/2005 | 09:54 AM
congratulation roger i wish i saw the match but i'm sure that all ur matches 'll be so amazing
09/04/2005 | 09:50 AM
Hey Roger,
Keep Up the good work.
Can't wait to see you win the U.S Open Final.
Best of Luck for all the matches, still to be played ;)
09/04/2005 | 09:30 AM
What a tough but an entertaining match. This is probably what you needed heading into the second week of the US Open. Keep it up!
09/04/2005 | 07:08 AM
Perfect tennis ! Roger, you are the kink of tennis now.
09/04/2005 | 06:45 AM
Congratulations,Roger!!! I really believe that you can win the US OPEN. I wish to see you in Shanghai in November!!!
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