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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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09/03/2005 | 09:30 PM
Dear Roger, Congratulations on a great win. The match was so much fun to watch, there were so many great shots from both of you. It was great to see you smiling at some of Santoro's 'magician' shots and then coming up with your own at the important points
09/03/2005 | 09:11 PM
Roger, alles alles Gueti. Miini ganz Familie und sogar miini 90-jährig Muetter drücked fest Duume.
09/03/2005 | 08:48 PM
Congratulations on your win!
may the fighting qualities that make you a champion be with you throughout...
best wishes.. for the matches ahead..

09/03/2005 | 07:52 PM

It was a great game of last night, you did the very calm game, and I do not notice you so inconviniently, you had calmness and it is the principal thing, the rest was going to be given only, Congratulations for the victory! You have to win tomo
09/03/2005 | 07:09 PM
Roger, it was a brillant match yesterday, you made me feel so happy seeing your game. it was really fantastic, you enjoyed the match.
GOOD LUCK for the next match, I know you're gonna win as always you have done.
Congratulations, master!
09/03/2005 | 06:46 PM
Well Done Roger
I watched the match and it was funny and high level played
good shots both of you
win next match and the rest to the championship

From Patagonia Argentina
your big fan
09/03/2005 | 06:28 PM
Hi Roger

Did you know that you hit an ACE on your hundredth point in your hundredth Grand Slam Match? Amazing.

Congrats on another fab win. Go go go.

And when you get to Nadal I'm looking forward to seeing you make minced meat of him!

Good l
09/03/2005 | 05:55 PM
What a match it was! One of the most entertaining so far!!

Great win, Roger! And good luck in the 3rd round!
09/03/2005 | 05:22 PM
Another job well done ROGER! I was on pins and needles watching the scores live on the internet. Hope you are well rested for your next match! Good luck!!! :)

09/03/2005 | 05:02 PM
Great Roger!!!!!Good luck in your next match with Rochus!!!
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