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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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08/30/2011 | 10:24 PM
try avoid unforced errors and stay concentrated thruout the match,you are awesome man
08/30/2011 | 10:01 PM
You won the 1st round, congratulations. it was interesting and strange, but nice.

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08/30/2011 | 09:16 PM
Hola Roooo Felicidades mi Sol gracias , me gusto verte jugar de nuevo, muchas fuerzas ,muchas ganas y todo el exito contra sela, besos te amo Rosi de Argentina.
08/30/2011 | 08:37 PM
Good match! First round always involves getting used to conditions, the noisy crowd, u.s.w. Great to see you **attacking at the net**: even though you miss sometimes, **keep doing this!** It is vital for keeping your opponent off-balance. You really regained superb concentration just where you needed it: mark of a champion!! Behind you always, Roger!
08/30/2011 | 08:31 PM
happy to see u playing various tennis styles.............keep going maestro
08/30/2011 | 08:28 PM
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08/30/2011 | 08:20 PM
08/30/2011 | 08:13 PM
Be the Leonardo of tennis (as Tony Bennet said) is to be a genius, a creator, an innovator and someone who is always close to perfection.
08/30/2011 | 08:02 PM
congratulations maestro , and so happy to see you
you made some mistakes but I think you was trying different ways to play
good luck and prepare well .. at and if you at any match not able to break your Opponent serve , at least you have to keep your serve
love you forever
your fanatic
08/30/2011 | 07:52 PM
Way to go Roger!!