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Opponents in Paris

26.05.2006 | Tennis

Roger was given a very favourable path through the French Open in Friday's draw. He will begin his bid for a fourth consecutive major title against Arnaud Clément of France; Roger has won their last five matches. Clement is a former top-10 player but is only 10-10 this year and is now ranked No. 56.

 

Roger has won seven of the last 11 Grand Slam tournaments, but the French Open is the only major he has never captured. He lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal of Spain in the 2005 semifinals.

 

Others in Roger's section of the draw include 2002 Wimbledon semifinalist Xavier Malisse of Belgium, 2004 Olympic gold medalist Nicolas Massu of Chile, No. 12 Mario Ancic of Croatia, No. 13 Nicolas Kiefer of Germany and No. 20 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, who upset Roger at the Athens Games.

 

Still, Roger and No. 2 Nadal both managed to avoid past French Open champions Gaston Gaudio, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya, all Spaniards who wound up in No. 3 David Nalbandian's quarter.

 

Theoretical quarter finals:

Roger (n°1) - Tommy Robredo (n°7)

David Nalbandian (n°3) - Nikolay Davydenko (n°6)

Andy Roddick (n°5) - Ivan Ljubicic (n°4)

James Blake (n°8) - Rafael Nadal (n°2)

 

Roger and Roland-Garros

1999 : First round

Lost to Patrick Rafter (AUS)

2000 : Rund 16

Lost to Alex Corretja (ESP)

2001 : Quarter finals

Lost to Alex Corretja (ESP)

2002 : First round

Lost to Hicham Arazi (MAR)

2003 : First round

Lost to Luis Horna (PER)

2004 : Third round

Lost to Gustavo Kuerten (BRE)

2005 : Sami finals

Lost to Rafael Nadal (ESP)

 
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05/31/2006 | 09:13 AM
The moment we have all been waiting for!!!
Now is your chance to complete all the GRAND SLAMS!!!
Play your best tennis and I'm sure you'll beat all the players that will get in your way!!!
All the best
Wishes you all Macedonia with me on the top
05/29/2006 | 05:28 AM
Hey Roger!!

I read your draw is relatively easy so you should have a good chance of winning. I know you can beat Nadal. You deserve to win this slam once and for all. you have put in all the hard work and ambition . You are the #1 player. Hope you top
05/29/2006 | 04:19 AM
Good. Nadal faced piece of shit players to get to the finals in their last meeting, while Roger had two tough opponents before. Hopefully he'll be the one to conserve his energy till he meets Rafa in the Final's again
05/29/2006 | 03:17 AM
DEAR ROGER,

YOU HAVE INDEED IMPROVED YOUR CLAY GAMES AND LOOKING AT YOUR RESULTS IN MONTE CARLO AND ITALIAN OPEN GIVE US HIGH HOPES THAT YOU ARE JUST ABOTU TO CLAIM YOUR VICTORY THIS TIME IN ROLAND GARROS.

JUST CONCENTRATE VERY WELL AND DON'T JUST P
05/28/2006 | 07:12 PM
i know you'll win this only grand slam you're missing! i love u
05/28/2006 | 11:43 AM
all the very best. u will win it. truly
05/28/2006 | 10:28 AM
Hello Mr. Federer,
Subject: Rolland Garros - regarding
This is from all of us here to wish you all success. Meet the 'King Of Clay' with confidence. You can do it!
Thanking You,
Yours truly,
Hari Krishnan K.
India.
05/28/2006 | 09:21 AM
Roger - you are right about your analysis of the Rome final - you don't have to do anything more to beat Nadal.

Good luck!! I will be there watching from the 4th round on wearing Swiss colors in your support...
05/27/2006 | 06:55 PM
GO FEDERER win the france
05/27/2006 | 06:38 PM
Roland Garros Season~
and we believe that you would achieve it...Federer slam...
Goooooooo Roger...
Receive our power and get the trophy that belong to you...

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