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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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08/09/2006 | 03:53 PM
Lovely match! And your birthday cake looked very tasty!
I was suprised to find out that my parents had a Wimbledon birthday cake for me today! It was a cake with a green court on it, a net and two little tennis players: a male for you and a female for Ki
08/09/2006 | 03:46 PM
Congratulations Roger!
GOOD LUCK!
08/09/2006 | 03:45 PM
As I was saying in a comment on the birthday greeting, it was very special to see you play live for the first time. Your service aces and passing shots were awesome! Thank you for such a great treat, Roger!

I was relieved for you and other players tha
08/09/2006 | 03:34 PM
Congratulations! You did great in the match last night. Good start for your 25th Birthday. All the Happiness and Good Health, our dear Champ. Bravo!
08/09/2006 | 03:26 PM
great job rogi!
08/09/2006 | 03:19 PM
Dearest Roger,

I was thrilled to see you play yesterday and also take part in your birthday celebrations. My birthday wish got fulfilled - I could not ask for anything more. I never imagined that I would see you, so you can see why I am excited and ext
08/09/2006 | 03:17 PM
Great start Roger!

I know you can do it, still have strong fingers crossed for you.. Good competitioning in forward... I as a fan know you can manage it great... GO FOR IT !!!!! ;)

Lisssa
08/09/2006 | 03:14 PM
Congratulations! Roger!
It is Great to see you play & win.. Am kind of miss you even though you only away for a month..
Good Luck........
08/09/2006 | 03:06 PM
Dear Roger
It was so good to see you play again after one seemingly endless month, and even better to see that there was no sign of rust. You were simply awesome and the match was for you a 'piece of cake'... like the piece of birthday cake they offered
08/09/2006 | 03:05 PM
So nice to see you back on court, you missed us so much!
Congratulations for this great victory!
look forward to watching your next match!
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