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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 | 04:36 PM
Well done Roger !
For GOD'S SAKE Don't forget to crush Nadal in a merciless way!!!!!

Cheers.
09/03/2005 | 04:26 PM
me encantò el partido, fuè divertido y una gran exhibiciòn de tenis por parte de ambos jugadores, pero el mejor ganò y ese eres tu.
Vas por buen camino al titulo, felicidades!!!!!!!
09/03/2005 | 04:09 PM
Good stuff Roger. You're doing great and I simply cannot wait to see you thrash Olivier Rochus in the next round.
09/03/2005 | 03:12 PM
well i wasn't able to watch the match but even though you have a tough fight still you able to won over santoro in straight sets once again congratulations and more power for the upcoming matches in the u.s. open.........
09/03/2005 | 03:10 PM
Congratulations Roger!
GO!GO!GO!
09/03/2005 | 02:55 PM
loved the match, amazing!!
Good luck further!!
09/03/2005 | 02:54 PM
I have watched an amazing and remarkable tennis match from both players. So happy you have won it. That's the most important thing.

Expecting tough condition in stadium but I hope yuo made prepartion for next round.
Today's match was really tight and
09/03/2005 | 02:52 PM
That was a great match Rogi. Santoro thought he was going to win but did he know you are the best? Glad to see you are in the 3rd round. Play your usual and advance...
Friend,
Jade
09/03/2005 | 02:48 PM
Great match !!!
it's really fun
09/03/2005 | 02:35 PM
Congratulations to you (the 'maestro') and
Fabrice (the 'magician') for producing the
perfect ad for tennis, with a show of
incredible skill and great sportsmanship.
By clearly having fun out there, you two got
the crowd so excited, creating the mos
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