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Roger battles through

05.05.2011 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger battled to get through to the third round of the Madrid Open as he eben had to save a match point to defeat Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (13), 6-7(1), 7-6(7).

"I got a bit lucky tonight. I had my chances early on, so it would have really been a tough loss," Roger said. "It was a tough match. I guess it will help me for the French Open, I did spend three hours on clay."

The two players were on court for almost three hours as Roger served 25 aces - his highest ever mark outside a grand slam event. Roger captured the first set of a very levelled match 15-13, did not manage to hold up in the second as he was beaten 1-7 and eventually came through 9-7 in the final set.


Roger will meet Xavier Malisse (ATP 49) in the next match on Thursday.

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05/05/2011 | 05:31 PM
It's amazing how Roger manages to come back to the court after 3 hrs of pounding tennis yesterday, maintain his cool and win this match today easy as 1,2 3 ,with very little rest !
It takes a champion !!!
05/05/2011 | 05:25 PM
Come On Roger
you played so well
Keep going
i love you
05/05/2011 | 05:24 PM
THAT was some match Roger!I sadly couldn't watch the 3rd set,but you didn't let me breathe easy for a moment in the first two either ;)

Love ya always and best of luck! :)

05/05/2011 | 05:07 PM
Great match and very best of luck for your next matches........come on and show to the world that you are still no 1....Allah bless you always..... loads of love and prayers for you.
05/05/2011 | 04:54 PM
A tough match but you went through, Congratulations Roger!
05/05/2011 | 04:31 PM
was really hard but you have won what is important now is to constantly improve their performance to avoid losing the chance to follow firmly in the competition.
05/05/2011 | 04:28 PM
Awesome match, nowadays everybody's giving you competition....Do you best to win this title...Best of Luck!!!!
05/05/2011 | 04:08 PM
A tough match but you went through, Congratulations Roger!
05/05/2011 | 04:03 PM
lopez played very well but on the breakpoints roger needs to show more imagination i dont think he treats these chances with the importance they deserve this is happening all the time but regardless hes coming to the end now nadal stays fit he will clean up on clay
05/05/2011 | 03:55 PM
Minutes away from your match with Malisse this morning...
Best wishes from my heart, dear Roger...please bring this one home nice and easy in your inimitable style...God be with you !
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