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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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01/15/2006 | 07:22 AM
Dear Roger,
You have my warmest wishes and endless support ahead of the Aussie Open. I want nothing more than to see you with the trophy again; however, no matter what happens, my love and support for you will not change one bit.
Above all stay health
01/15/2006 | 06:45 AM
Hello! I agree with all of your opinions, my Chinese compatriots. It will be an enjoyment to watch Roger's winning on 29th.Jan.----our Spring Festival. What a exciting day it will be!
01/15/2006 | 06:32 AM
Viel glück wünche ich ihnen im Turnier.
01/15/2006 | 06:26 AM
For you Roger the world is yours.
01/15/2006 | 05:30 AM
All the best, Rogi!!!!!! Hope you get through the first-round easy peasy!!! :D :D :D
01/15/2006 | 05:19 AM
Hi !!!

Well I hope u make ur best
and no matter what ur're my no. 1
even though u lose in the first round
or if u get the title I'll admire u

Take care and use sunblock!!!!
please take care, also Mirka

Don't trust too much in ur number
01/15/2006 | 04:35 AM
Be the NO. 1 AO!

Always be ur side!!!
01/15/2006 | 04:33 AM
roger, take the AO title. I know you can do it! Just concentrate on your every match. it doesn't matter if you're playing agaisnt some lesser players, just please win it all. I'm proud of what you have accomplished so far, you're unbelievable. Continue
01/15/2006 | 03:35 AM
I read your interview regarding the Haas match and the couple of matches you had since Doha, or maybe even during Doha, that you were trying different things on the court or with your game. You were trying new things to improve your game, which you shoul
01/15/2006 | 02:07 AM
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