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A good start after a long break

09.08.2006 | Tennis

Roger returned from vacation to post a first-round win at the Toronto Masters on Tuesday. Back in action for the first time since his Wimbledon showdown, he celebrated his 25th birthday by easing past Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3 6-4.

 

After spending a month off savouring a fourth consecutive Wimbledon title at his training and holiday base in Dubai, Roger was typically efficient, improving his season's hardcourt record to 29-1, his only loss coming to Nadal in the Dubai final.

Roger, the 2004 Toronto champion, will next meet in-form Frenchman Sébastien Grosjean (ATP 33), against whom he has won two of four encounters so far.

 

"I was home last year so it's good to be back on the road again for my birthday," said Roger, who was presented with a cake while the centre court crowd sang Happy Birthday to the eight-times grand slam winner. "I was very relaxed going into today's match, even though I knew the opponent can be very dangerous," he added. "To play so well is always a bit of a surprise in the first round.

"These Masters Series are really, really tough from the first round on. To come through was a good sign."

 
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08/11/2006 | 02:01 PM
HAPPY Birthday Roger!!!! Hip Hip Hurray......
08/10/2006 | 08:58 AM
Happy belated birthday. Simply bored for the last one month without tennis and , of course, you. Glad that tennis is back and so do you. Great start and recognized some changes in your style?? ? Whatever it is, you are the best and keep going. You are the
08/10/2006 | 08:57 AM
Happy belated birthday. Simply bored for the last one month without tennis and , of course, you. Glad that tennis is back and so do you. Great start and recognized some changes in your style?? ? Whatever it is, you are the best and keep going. You are the
08/10/2006 | 07:49 AM
way 2 go roger!! keep it up!!!
08/10/2006 | 07:04 AM
Congratulations for your 1st round winning!

I think you were happy that time when you received the big cake. The centre court was in a great atmosphere as they sang Happy Birthday to you. I wish I could be there that moment. It must be a sweet memory f
08/10/2006 | 05:09 AM
was able to watch ur match. it was nice, coz i really missed seeing u in the court. and u never disappoint :D

keep it up!
08/10/2006 | 04:40 AM
Mucha suerte roger en este torneo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! no te dejes de nadie ok.
Besos de

Paulina.Te quiero.
08/10/2006 | 02:14 AM
Congratulation to Roger!!!!!!Keep winning!!!!!!!Love Roger 4ever!!!!!!!
08/10/2006 | 01:47 AM
And you won today vs Grosjean too !
All the best in next match vs Haas or Tursunov.
Stay focus and hungry for another win.
You can do it !
Blessings !
08/10/2006 | 12:57 AM
COME ON BABY, GOOD FOR YOU, TAKE IT AS A PRESENT FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY...A LOT OF KISSESSSSSSSSS DARLING
Gabi
Bs As
ARGENTINA
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