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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 | 09:07 AM
another scratchy performance!!!!!!!!!! but u won nevertheless!!!!!!!!!! so CONGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3
08/31/2011 | 08:28 AM
Ca va?
I wish i were there but.....
next " Dudi sela "
Good luck
08/31/2011 | 08:19 AM
Roger looks very tired. He could not play the kind of game he used to play. If Roger has any idea of winning this grand slam, he better buck up. I was very sad to see him play with such tired face. Good Luck.
08/31/2011 | 07:53 AM
Well played Roger, but I am a bit disappointed.
You were not at your best at all.
Was expecting a much better performance from you.
Maybe the conditions were not so good but I expect you to improve.
All the best Roger.
08/31/2011 | 07:09 AM
08/31/2011 | 07:07 AM
OMG I went to this match, it was AWESOME watching Roger live, the best night I've ever had! C'MON ROOOG LET'S WIN!
08/31/2011 | 06:48 AM
*to do
08/31/2011 | 06:48 AM
You have to to one thing ... PLAY !!!

And we have to do one more ... WATCH !!!
08/31/2011 | 06:32 AM
There are few players who can beat rafa before qtrs.. but i dnt see anyone even troubling you before qtrs..
08/31/2011 | 06:04 AM
roger, that was a good start. but i am still not happy with the number of unforced errors. pls reduce try and reduce them. that is the key to your winning back the no 1 ranking again.
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