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50th victory in North America

10.08.2006 | Tennis

Roger stretched his winning streak in North America to 50 matches, stretching back more than two years when he defeated Sébastien Grosjean of France 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the Rogers Cup yesterday.


After nine days of holidays and over two weeks of intensive training with Pierre Paganini and Tony Roche in the immense heat in Dubai Roger did not precisely know where he was standing. "It's quite similar to a fresh start, comparable to the beginning of a new season in january. That's why it was so important to find the right rhythm straight away," Roger commented.


"Same as (Tuesday) -- good," Roger replied when asked to assess his latest triumph. "I think I played a little more aggressive. I had patches where I played really good tennis. I was really pleased with the way I played, because he's a tough player and I haven't played him in a while. He's a veteran and he knows how to play the game well, and he's quick, so I had to play a good match."


Roger will play either Tommy Haas (AT 17) or Russia's Dimitri Tursunow (ATP 27) in the next round. Only three of the men originally seeded in the top 10 are left in the tournament. And no Americans remained in contention after Kevin Kim, ranked 96th in the world, lost to No. 25 Fernando Verdasco of Spain, 6-3, 6-2.

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08/10/2006 | 03:55 PM
Congratz Rog! Great match!
I bet it will be 54th victory till the end of the tournament.
Good luck with Tursunow!
Hugs from Macedonia
08/10/2006 | 03:47 PM
Congratulations! It was a good match though you seemed a bit upset. Keep cool and keep this rhythm. Good Luck for the next round.
08/10/2006 | 03:45 PM
congratulations roger !!!!! go for the title!!!!! ur the best !!!!! good luck!!!!!
08/10/2006 | 03:31 PM
fine work Roger ,I hope you win the trophy on Sunday. good luck Linda Lou
08/10/2006 | 03:27 PM
Nice going!
So you'd been training intensely--that's a commitment of a professional of professional!
Best of luck with the Tursunov match. I am kind of glad that Haas is out of your way--not that he would have done any harm to you, but he could be wick
08/10/2006 | 03:23 PM
Congratulations Roger for the birthday and for all the records. I think you are the best of them all because today's tennis is played in a higher level.
Keep going.
08/10/2006 | 03:03 PM
congrats on your 50 th consecutive win in the american hard courts . hope u continue this way the entire summer .
best of luck against tursunow
08/10/2006 | 02:49 PM
Dearest Roger,

Congratulations on your win over Grojean and also your 50th win on U.S.Series. I get more nervous watching you on T.V. than watching you in the court. Strange! Your service was much better when you played Mathieu and you seemed anxious a
08/10/2006 | 02:35 PM
Congratulations Master!

I BELIVE that you will do your best in the next round!
Good Luck!
08/10/2006 | 02:27 PM
Congratulations Roger on your 50th straight victory in N.America! Every time you step on the court some incredible streak or record is on the line - it's getting hard to keep track! :)
I hope this 'love' between the American courts and you, will continue
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