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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 | 01:29 PM
YES!!!!!!!!!!
THE YESSES!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

crystal;-)
08/09/2006 | 01:05 PM
Congratulations!!!¨

Nice game and a good present for yourself!! Good luck with the next match!!
08/09/2006 | 12:39 PM
Great start Roger! So nice to se you back on action again!A great way to celebrate your birthday, too
Silvy
Buenos Aires
Argentina
08/09/2006 | 12:39 PM
Great start Roger! So nice to se you back on action again!A great way to celebrate your birthday, too
Silvy
Buenos Aires
Argentina
08/09/2006 | 12:38 PM
Way to go birthday boy!One step closer to the title!Our support and prayers are with you!We love u today and always!

Love,
Fatima!
08/09/2006 | 11:54 AM
Dear Roger

Congrats on win. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!I hope you have enjoyed your birthday

Singapore LOVES you!
08/09/2006 | 11:40 AM
Great start Rogi...............its really a very good start and a good b'day gift:D....yess keep it up.... and keep showing your great form .....
Be happy and Heatlhyyy
and Good Luck against Grosjean ... i think its a easy one!!!!!!
i'll be prayng for
08/09/2006 | 11:33 AM
VAMOSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ROGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
08/09/2006 | 11:31 AM
Congratulations Rog!!...keep winning!!...
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