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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 | 06:40 AM
Roger,a very exciting match,what a player...(Santoro) he did very funny things,congratulations champs now continue to the final.Roger el partido fue increible,aplaudi cuando termino por tu actuación y la de Santoro,que partido gracias por regalarnos eso,v
09/04/2005 | 05:50 AM

hi master, how are you? don`t worry , us open is yours, nobody can to win you, because
GOD wanted that you play tennis for all us should can to be happy. Thanks thanks thanks

stella maris
09/04/2005 | 05:50 AM
Dear Roger,
Your match with Fabrice was one of the most fun tennis matches I've ever watched. It was highly entertaining. I really loved it when you smiled at Fabrice's 'magic' shots. Although you lost most of the points when he did make those shots, you
09/04/2005 | 05:39 AM
If you look at the thread on this game in the forum you'll see how wild you can drive your fans, we love it!
09/04/2005 | 05:26 AM
Gooooo Rogi!!!!!! All the best in the next round!!!!
09/04/2005 | 05:16 AM
Rog wins......Cheers!
Nadal looses.......more cheers!
Rog plays 2-day.....even more cheers!
09/04/2005 | 03:19 AM
I loved to see how good you and Santoro got along on the court, even at the most disputed points. Fabrice and you gave a lesson of sportsmanship and love for the game. His craftiness brought the best in u. I'm sure you can master the net game as well as h
09/04/2005 | 02:20 AM
incredible Roger ... we're really a proud of u

go a head my dear.
09/04/2005 | 02:12 AM
hey Roger!

congrats on the win! keep playing your game. good luck in the 3rd round.

yl - van., can.
09/04/2005 | 02:08 AM
Hello Roger
What a fabulous match between yourself & Fabrice--thorougly enjoyed such great tennis skills,and at times, entertainment from you both.
Thank you & congratulations.
We look forward to watching you win your next match

Aussie Margaret
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