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Roger flies into next round

21.01.2011 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger defeated Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 at the Australian Open on Friday to reach the fourth round.

"I pulled up with no back problems after the match with Simon, which in the past would have scared me a little bit," Roger said. "I'm happy how my body is feeling and I'm moving well. Obviously key to good tennis play today is good movement. That's what I've got at the moment, so I'm very happy."

Roger started perfectly, breaking Malisse twice and racing to a 4-0 lead and then easily securing the first set. But after the break between the sets his game wasn't what he had started with, falling 1-3 behind after a break by the Belgian. But Roger woke up immediately, won 10 games in a row to fly to a 6-3 and then 5-0 lead and eventually move into the fourth round after 1 hour 45 minutes.

Our champ will now play Tommy Robredo (ATP 52) on Sunday. He stands 9-0 against the Spaniard, a 2007 quarter-finalist.

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01/21/2011 | 04:36 PM
Bravo Roger, one round more, closer to ensure your 17th grand Slam.
Be calm and focus. Go on for more. Good luck for tomorrow!!!
01/21/2011 | 04:33 PM
Great game - smooth as silk as usual - love and all the best for the next match.
01/21/2011 | 04:30 PM
Congratulations Champ on this victory against Xavier Malisse.

I enjoyed watching you win, even if not a peRFect display like we're used to, a win is a win and hopefully we can reduce your UFE count in future matches.

Love you always Roger!
01/21/2011 | 04:20 PM
Dear Roger,

Wow, that drop shot is your best friend! I'm glad you had a relatively easy day at the office! Get some rest! Good luck against Robredo and I'll be cheering for you as always! :)

Your biggest fan,

01/21/2011 | 04:16 PM
Congratulations Champ, u have beaten another record!
01/21/2011 | 04:13 PM
Carefully to meet the next game.
We believe you can win the championship.
Hang in there!
01/21/2011 | 04:10 PM
Roger, I watch your match last night very, very happy you won :) But you have me and your wife biting our nails sometime :) Blood be flowing but its good because make me feel so alive! Luv watching you play! Be watching you in your next one. Keep it moving!
01/21/2011 | 03:57 PM
Roger, I dónt think that you are very happy!!!!!! You start quickly with a good tennis, but them you fall and let to play. Also, your % the firts services is not good. I want to see a perfect Roger. ALLEZ CHAMPION!!!!
01/21/2011 | 03:57 PM
Congratulations from Montenegro!!!
01/21/2011 | 03:44 PM
Come on Roger
Go go gO
i love you