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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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08/31/2011 | 02:44 PM
Congrats Roger. I was in Ashe and could see how hard he was hitting the ball. Proud of you for never giving up.

Very best of luck for the rest of the tournament!

08/31/2011 | 02:30 PM
I wish Roger somehow wins this tournament...
cant imagine him without a slam for a year...
1 down...6 more to go :)
08/31/2011 | 02:27 PM
i am happ you came trough in the first round! congratulations for that.

however... i got to say i am not convinced yet, we'll see how it goes.
specially 3rd round and quarterfinals.
08/31/2011 | 02:17 PM
I'm glad that you made it to the next round! Best of luck! GO ROGER!!!
08/31/2011 | 02:00 PM
Hello Roger
We enjoyed watching you win 1st round match--congratulations.I was not disappointed in you in any way--you played well enough to win which one does for 1st round of a long tournamet.
Giraldo would not have been the easiest opponent--very little system or variation in his game except thunderbolt serves and hitting of the ball similarly.
Wishing you all of the very best for 2nd round.
Love your outfit.
Kindest regards
08/31/2011 | 01:57 PM
6-4, 6-3, 6-2, if this is survival, I hope Rogi survives upto and including the final!!
I like that sort of survival. Go on Rog, you are a born surviver and we would love to see you win the cup. Keep your serve and aces going and you are the best. Love seeing you play in agressive mode. The only person I know who can be agressive and smooth and elegant at the same time! Lots of luck, energy and focus, especially the focus!!
08/31/2011 | 01:16 PM
Hi ~ Roger.

I was watching your play with internet in my office on at lunch time.
Your playing was so good . I will expect your game at final.
I just watching you continusly.. Go!!!
08/31/2011 | 12:07 PM
Go maystro.I think it is an easy match.Go Roger
08/31/2011 | 11:34 AM
so now troicki is out... path even more clearer... so sela, cilic, hopfully monaco and verdasco (fish)
08/31/2011 | 10:42 AM
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