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Roger plays in Shanghai - and wins

13.11.2005 | Tennis

«This is one of the most important matches of my career. I mean, a few weeks ago I needed crutches and now I'm already back out there and winning.» For much of his match against David Nalbandian, Roger looked like a man who had not played in six weeks. But at the most important time, he looked like Roger Federer.

The world No. 1 and two-time defending champion rallied from a break down in the decisive set to beat the Argentine Nalbandian, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, on Sunday in the opening match of the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai.

The top seed at the $4.45 million indoor event, Roger extended his winning streak to 32 matches since a loss to Rafael Nadal in the French Open semifinals. He improved to 78-3 this year and could tie John McEnroe's single-season winning percentage record, set during an 82-3 campaign in 1984, were he to win his final two Red Group matches, the semifinal and the final.

Roger had missed six weeks of action since injuring his right ankle in practice. He wore a black brace on the ankle in this one, his first match since winning his 11th title of the year at Bangkok on October 2.

After winning the final four games of the second set, Nalbandian broke Roger for a 3-1 lead in the third. The eighth-seeded Argentine had a 40-30 lead on his serve in the fifth game before Roger broke back, held, broke again and held for a 5-3 lead. Nalbandian held in the ninth game before Roger closed out the match on serve to improve to 10-0 in round-robin matches in this event, where he is 14-1 overall.

Nalbandian, who was returning to the event after a one-year absence, was the last player to enter the draw, taking the place of American Andy Roddick, who withdrew on Wednesday with a back injury. Australian Lleyton Hewitt, who won this event between 2001-02, also dropped out due to the upcoming birth of his first child.

 
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11/15/2005 | 06:34 PM
hi roger,
do you now the man Marcos Baghdatis he is a incomming talent, but i'm for shure you are gonna win the shanghai masters series!!!!
from julius hackeng
The Netherlands
11/15/2005 | 06:31 PM
Hi Roger,
great winning against nalbaldian!!!!!!
i'm for shure you are gonna win this year again!!

from julius hackeng
11/15/2005 | 06:01 PM
CONGRATULATIONS ROGER

back to yourself i see, no one could have the ankle problem you had and win that match the way you did well what can i say you are everthing a player should be and more. i have to say i was bitting my nails when david was in front
11/15/2005 | 02:47 PM
Oggi mi hai fatto soffrire......mi è venuto un mezzo infarto... grande Lijubo, ma GRANDISSIMO ROGI, perchè grazie alla tua immensa classe e al tuo fantastico talento, ancora una volta ci sei saltato fuori ed hai vinto...
....era da un mese che eri fermo.
11/15/2005 | 02:38 PM
OMG Rog, your win over Ljubicic...I almost DIED in my chair, glued to the live scores on my screen... Very well done! As usual...
Love always, Sarah
11/15/2005 | 11:34 AM
super roger!!!!!well played wth the powerful player.
11/15/2005 | 11:28 AM
come on roger!!!!!if u try ur best u can win the shanghai open!and don't worry about your ankle!!!!!!!!
11/15/2005 | 10:54 AM
Yes, Thank God your back darling Roger. You looked so hot at the presentation too.

Tough match coming up


Linda (Luton-UK)
11/15/2005 | 09:37 AM
Congrats Roger!
11/15/2005 | 07:04 AM
congratulations,rogi!!
watched your match and i was a little bit worried about your foot.take care,please.
good luck!
love you.

irene (one of your milk powders ; ))
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