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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 | 02:49 PM
vow roger you are best tenniser .I think All the cups is your
08/09/2006 | 02:44 PM
Wow Roger!! Congratulations for your impressive win! I knew you could do it!!
You are simply the best and you continue to amaze us every day!!:D
08/09/2006 | 02:32 PM
Dear Roger,
Im so pleased about your win yesterday!!! You played a brilliant match. Hope you have a great week!!
Love you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx stephanie xxxxx
08/09/2006 | 02:27 PM
Hello Roger
Congratulations on winning your 1st round, a great present for your birthday.
Mirka appeared happy & relaxed in her red & white striped top.
I thought that most of your serving to-day was quite outstanding.
All the best for 2nd round
R
08/09/2006 | 02:19 PM
Hi roger,

Iam so glad they sang happy birthday to you and got presented with a cake on court thats brilliant i only said that in one of my e-mails to you that i hope they would do that and they did.

It's great to here that you have started of so wel
08/09/2006 | 02:17 PM
its so great to see you on court again. I was missing that!!!
good luck
08/09/2006 | 02:16 PM
Go Roger! You're the best. Make it the Roger's Cup this year
08/09/2006 | 02:04 PM
It was an amazing match, to finish an amazing day!!
So happy to see you in action again...
Can't wait to watch your match today!!!
Kisses

Sachu
Argentina
08/09/2006 | 01:58 PM
Roger, you looked sharp out there...totally focused and crisp!

I was singing Happy Birthday to you also!

We love you, Rog! Onward, my friend.
08/09/2006 | 01:55 PM
Great start

Kepp the good work going

Come one Roger!
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