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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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08/10/2006 | 12:25 AM
Hey, Roger. I can imagine how you feel after the winning at the second round. Grosjean was great but you were much better. I loved your game. You enjoyed it a lot. Please stay focused. After your third round the actual challenge may come up.

08/09/2006 | 11:38 PM
CONGRATSSSSSSSSS ON YOUR BIRTHDAY WIN!!!! I was there watching your bday victory. .....REMEMBER THEY DON'T CALL IT THE ROGERS CUP FOR NOTHING :) ....keep at it!!
08/09/2006 | 11:33 PM
Nothing like getting a win on your B-Day Roger. I watched the match on ESPN, and feel you did excellent!!! I also watched you today!! Keep up the momentum, and on ward to victory. Marcee'
08/09/2006 | 09:56 PM
Bravo! Now you are going to the 3rd round. Keep cool and enjoy the match. You can make it and will make it beautifully, as always. All the Best.
08/09/2006 | 09:39 PM
Congratulations Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!! May you always play so beautifully, be healthy and, well, generally, all the best. We're so privilledged to watch you! I don't know what more to say... Just keep on being t
08/09/2006 | 09:27 PM
Dear Roger,

I am so happy that you played so well after your vacation. Good job! I wished I saw the birthday cake celebration for you. Anyway, I will be seeing you on the weekend...live. So I will look forward to that.

All the best and congratu
08/09/2006 | 08:16 PM
Great bravo!!I have to confess that i did not ecxpect you so strong this period after the vacations which probably made,your game was in the very high Roger's level-the highest one-so you did not give any opportunity to the french player to dream for some
08/09/2006 | 07:14 PM
Congratulation Rog! You're the BEST !
Good luck with Grosjean. Keep it going !
Love yah ! (K)
08/09/2006 | 07:03 PM
hope u had a great b'day!nice to c u bac on action.take care
08/09/2006 | 06:53 PM
Great match roger!! keep going
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