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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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01/14/2006 | 06:31 PM
Dear Roger,
There is no one who has more chances of winning the Aus. Open then you! Start with the Aus. Open and win all the other major competitions to get a grand slam! I know you can do it. The year 2006 is your year! May you have Good Luck at this to
01/14/2006 | 06:26 PM
IN BOCCA AL LUPO FENOMENO!!!CIAO SIMO
01/14/2006 | 06:18 PM
J'espere que tu trouvera ce que tu cherches :)

Let's see the One make tennis an art show again.
01/14/2006 | 06:08 PM
Best wishes for the first Slam of the year, Roger!

Hope you'll rediscover your winning form of yesteryears and continue to improve after every match.
Despite the depleted field, there's plenty of dangerous players left there who are hungry and capabl
01/14/2006 | 05:56 PM
cmoooooooon roger!
01/14/2006 | 05:48 PM
Wishing you the very best of luck in Melbourne, Roger!

Love you,

Daley xxx
01/14/2006 | 05:45 PM
HI ROGZZZZ......
GOOOO N WIN..WE ALL KNOWW THAT U'LL WIN NOBODY CAN BEAT NOWWW IF ITS SAFIN OR RODDICKK...JUSTTTT GO N WIN OUR PRAYERS R WITH U ... GOOOD LICKK.... SO U HAVE TO WIN AND HAVE TO MAKE UR FANS HAPPY 4 EVER:)...... BEST
01/14/2006 | 05:44 PM
Mucha suerte en el Abierto de Australia, obviamente que sos el maximo favorito y el mejor de todos sin duda alguna.
01/14/2006 | 05:22 PM
Goooooood lUCk !!!
keep up and get the tittle :>
01/14/2006 | 04:27 PM
Dear Roger,
Have a nice tournament there!!
I will support you through the TV, watch every mathches of you!

Good luck in Aus!!

Best Wishes,
Carman
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