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Roger survives opening round

30.08.2011 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger made it past the opening round of the US Open thanks to a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 win over Santiago Giraldo.

"It's always one of those moments you train for, to get on the first night of the US Open. You try to put on a good show and I was able to play a good match today, so I'm pleased. It could have been swifter maybe but I'm happy," Roger said.

Roger started powerfully, needing just 20 minutes to take a 5-1 lead in the opening set. But instead of easily taking the set, he suddenly struggled and dropped his serve twice before making the final game to capture the set. The second was similar, with Roger racing into the lead, being broken back, and then pulling away again. But Giraldo never seemed a real threat despite Roger's weakness during certain stages of the match. So our champ was able to see out the match in an hour and 46 minutes.

Roger will be back on court on Thursday when he meets Israel's Dudi Sela (ATP 96). The only match the two have played so far goes back over six years to the French Open, where Roger won 6-1, 6-4, 6-0.

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09/01/2011 | 08:42 AM
Dearest Roger.
Missed your first match as out of the country and no way of seeing it but very happy to see you through pretty easily: you obviously found your rhythm in the third set. Can't wait for your next match - Go, go, go. Love always, xxxxxxxxxxxxx
09/01/2011 | 08:16 AM
All the best against Sela in your next match, go Roger!!!
09/01/2011 | 02:36 AM
Glad that you're happy.
That made me happy too.

Best of Luck to you, Dear Roger
09/01/2011 | 01:19 AM
All the best for your afternoon match against Sela, At least with less humidity and some sunshine the ball should travel quicker through the air so hope that will help in easing your path through another round Rog. Will watch and cheer for you as always. GO ROGER!! xxxx
09/01/2011 | 12:20 AM
Congratulations on your win against Giraldo!
All in all, it was a good first round win even though you had too many unforced errors in the first set, you were able to secure victory smoothly in the third set!!!
Best of luck in the next round!!!
Btw.........like your outfit too!!!
08/31/2011 | 10:46 PM
Congratulations on your win, and good luck in the 2nd round!!!!
08/31/2011 | 10:46 PM
Dear Roger
Good luck!
Go, Roger, gooooooooooo!
Love, Mimi
08/31/2011 | 08:50 PM
C'mon, Roger! Play as you know you can and you will win. x
08/31/2011 | 06:01 PM
was a good game but needs to improve on little things. keep your concentration even if the opponent is weak. God bless federer
08/31/2011 | 05:54 PM
Good win, Roger! Good luck next round against Sela; I know you will do great! Good luck and God Bless!
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