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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 | 01:45 PM
Congrats ROGI !!!

Uffff!!! over excitation !!!

I think u were stretched to the limit !!!

Despite u missed some concentration in critical moments..But ur ace and 1st serve were excellent & helped u to get htrough !!! Actually, yesterday, I hoped that u shouted after u won the match point

""" I AM ROGER FEDERER THE KING OF TENNIS JUST SHUT UP UGLY CROWD """"

Sorry I know it's not your athics. you will never do that but really the fans crowd was unacceptable & unrespectful
05/05/2011 | 01:43 PM
That was so exciting! You also had triple break point up 3-2 in the 3rd, another reason you deserved the win. GREAT SERVING! Glad I said some prayers for you, all the same! That was so close & exciting & high quality!! GREAT WORK!
05/05/2011 | 01:35 PM
Hello Roger,

Feliciano clearly had one of these days where he is really difficult to beat. I hope Malisse will give you less trouble today and I wish you all the very best against him this afternoon.

Joke
05/05/2011 | 01:23 PM
I'm so pleased you came through the match which was wonderful to watch - onward and upward Roger all the best
05/05/2011 | 01:13 PM
Maetro!

Keep focus and try this backhand on cros court! Too many unforce erros!
This is bad!
Good luck
05/05/2011 | 01:08 PM
Congratulatios on this win.
Go Go Go~
You can do very well on very contest.
Angel
05/05/2011 | 12:53 PM
What the hell ?! What is going on with You this year? I was pretty suprised when You had played yesterday, because I always tought that You can beat Lopez in two straight sets. But when I saw yesterday's match I was shocked... You still are my numer One, but wake up men !
Lots of congrats, and show the world how good You are.
LOVE.
05/05/2011 | 12:49 PM
Thank you for great fight, Roger!
Congratulations!
I am so proud of you!
05/05/2011 | 12:47 PM
What a match Roger you had me on the edge of my seat.Congratulations now keep it up good luck today Helen xxxxxxxx
05/05/2011 | 12:39 PM
Hi Roger, lots of congrats!! This great win over a lefty to start the claycourtseason is a a real confidanceboost. It is a solid base to rely on!! Wish you good luck and lots of joy and succes
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