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14.01.2006 | Tennis

 

Roger is the overwhelming favorite at the injury-depleted Australian Open that starts on Monday. “I’m used to it,” Roger said this week. “Red hot or hot favorite — it really doesn’t matter.”

 

It is the eighth time in Roger's career, since Roland Garros 2004, that Roger holds the number one position at a Grand Slam.

 

Roger's chances look good, since the men’s field is missing defending champion Marat Safin, second-ranked Rafael Nadal and four-time winner Andre Agassi. “I don’t have to raise the bar” to keep winning, said Roger. “I have to stay hungry — that’s not too hard.”

 

Roger has lost twice in the last six Grand Slam tournaments, dating back to Wimbledon 2004. Both his conquerers decided they weren’t in any kind of shape to repeat such a feat at Melbourne Park. Safin was lauded for his unpredictable genius when he upset Roger in last year’s semifinals and went on to beat local favorite Lleyton Hewitt in the final. Nadal was at his precocious peak when he overcame Federer on the red Roland Garros clay one match before he clinched the French Open title.

 

Safin and Nadal pulled out with lingering knee and foot injuries, leaving Andy Roddick and Hewitt as Roger’s main rivals.

 

“It might be Roger versus the field, but for the rest of us, it’s us versus our first-round opponent,” said Andy Roddick. “He obviously made it like that by playing so well over the last couple of years.

 

Roger will face Denis Istomin, number 195 in the world ranking, in the opening round on Monday. "I've never heard about him, so I can't tell you anything on the subject. I'll go and find out."

 
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01/16/2006 | 12:40 PM
hi roger,

Just a quick note to wish you all the very best for the open do your best as only you can do. all your fans are right behind you every step of the way cheering you on and keeping our fingers crossed for you.

just take every match at your
01/16/2006 | 11:53 AM
01/16/2006 | 08:53 AM
DEAR ROGER:

GOOD LUCK!

You are the winner in our heart.
Remember it.
01/16/2006 | 08:47 AM
hi roger how r u
good luck for australian open this time i am sure that u will defend the title so play ur natural game and win it
good luck
01/16/2006 | 07:52 AM
putang ina mo!!!!
ang lufeht mo!!!
galingan mo sa aussie open, dahil hot favorite kapa naman!!! Sana manalo ka for your 35th title!!!

TRANSLATION:
you Son of a bitch!!
Rock on roger! keep winning those matches, and hope you emerge victorious!!! Hop
01/16/2006 | 07:26 AM
dear Roger, mayby i can help you a little bit. this year i was in tashkent.istomin is the 1st in uzbekistan.his backhand isn't good and his fitness is awful.his fitness is playing football.
his favourite surfase is clay.hope you'll have no problem with y
01/16/2006 | 04:40 AM
Hi Roger,

I'm so excited to see you play for the first time this year! I could only follow Doha on the Internet, but now I can see your Aussie Open matches on TV.

Good luck with your first round match and for the whole tournament. You're the best
01/16/2006 | 03:43 AM
Roger,

Focus your energies and resources, study the field with your precise eye, and above all, keep that wonderful humility of yours handy all throughout the Australian Open. If all three of these attributes are in spades, I can almost guarantee you
01/16/2006 | 03:24 AM
Dear Roger
All I want to say is.............
Good Luck.........................
01/16/2006 | 12:58 AM
Dear Roger:

I hope you'll have a great tournament, I'm almost sure you will be the australian open champion. Good luck!!!!!
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