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Australian Open

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 | 12:13 AM
Good Luck Roger!!! I'll be supporting your every match. Looking forward to seeing you play some stunning tennis and hopefully lifting the winners trophy on the last day, fingers crossed. Whatever the outcome, though, you're still the man!

Will.
01/15/2006 | 11:23 PM
hey, Roger! here in America we get to watch the Australian Open on ESPN2. i can't wait to see you play again. i wish you lots of Good Luck in the tournament! i hope you win again! : )

cheers,
Shauna!

((p.s. i apologize if this gets posted twice.
01/15/2006 | 11:19 PM
hey, Roger! here in America we get to watch the Australian Open on ESPN2. i can't wait to see you play again. i wish you lots of Good Luck in the tournament! i hope you win it once again! : )

cheers,
Shauna!
01/15/2006 | 10:55 PM
GOOD LUCK Roger!!!!! :D You're the best! Can't wait to see you in action!!
01/15/2006 | 09:10 PM
when do u play on monday?
what time?
good luck...
01/15/2006 | 08:22 PM
Hey just wanted to wish you best of luck for tomorrow Rogi! Hope it goes all well! I know I I'll be writing a congruts message to you not to long from now...

Marlene
01/15/2006 | 07:57 PM
Hello Roger,

I wish you ALL the best and luck for AO, you are the number ONE!!!
If you stay yourself, nobody can beat you!
Not forget your words for succes: focus, concentration, perfect preparation and total engagement. I'm sure that YOU will hold
01/15/2006 | 06:39 PM
Rooooooger!!!! Roooooooger!!!! Rooooooooger!!! Roooooooooger!!! Rooooooooger!!!! Roooooooger!!! ROOOOOOOOOGER!!!!!! :-))
01/15/2006 | 04:59 PM
http://www.smh.com.au/news/tennis/mystery-man-denis-feels-no-menace-about-federer-clash/2006/01/13/1137118973452.html

DENIS Istomin plays right-handed, hitting a two-handed backhand.
i like your beautiful one-handed backhand more.
01/15/2006 | 03:34 PM
Good Luck!
i twill be really nice to see roger win the title once more
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