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Roger with tough first match

04.10.2006 | Tennis

Roger had a rather rusty start at the Japan Open before overcoming unseeded Viktor Troicki 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) on Wednesday to reach the third round.

 

Roger had trouble finding his rhythm against Troicki, who is ranked 276th and is playing in his first top level ATP tournament. "It was a really tough match," said Roger. "I didn't know his game. I've never seen him play and it always takes time to figure a player out."

 

Qualifier Troicki, who beat Spain's Fernando Vicente in the first round, took advantage of some uncharacteristic unforced errors from Roger to make the match closer than it should have been.

It was hardly the performance Japanese fans were expecting from Roger, who is playing in his first tournament since winning the U.S. Open — his 9th Grand Slam singles title and third major for 2006.

 

Troicki relied on a strong serve to throw Roger off his game. The 20-year-old Serbian player fired nine aces. "I couldn't get a read on his serve," said Roger. "He mixed it up well. This was my first match of the tournament so I wanted to play it safe and get a rhythm."

 

Roger will face defending champion Wesley Moodie of South Africa in the next round. Moodie, seeded 13th, cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Austria's Stefan Koubek. "It will be another tough match," said Roger. "Moodie is great server but I got through my first match and hopefully will be ready for the next one."

 
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10/05/2006 | 11:30 AM
Two tiebreakers, that seems to be a though match. I hope you feel better in the next match. Winning is OK, especially against a player you had never played against before.

I just feel that your days in Tokyo are really busy. You know, blogging everyday
10/05/2006 | 11:25 AM
I'm a little bit surprise to see the score, but it's not a big deal. You've won already. You are the best player among the best. sal-aJ from Cambodia
10/05/2006 | 10:42 AM
Congratulations Roger.
All the best in this tournament.
Take care of yourself.
glorita
10/05/2006 | 10:17 AM
WOW!! Roger is back, 62 61, GO ROGER!!!


Your main NZ Fan
10/05/2006 | 08:12 AM
....READ UR 3RD BLOG TODAY......IT WAS BRI-LI-ANT.......OUTSTANDING......WORLD NO 1 IN BLOGGING....[OK..LET ME SAY..LIKE FERNANDO ALONSOS' ENGINEER]..BRAVO BRAVO..BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....
10/05/2006 | 06:32 AM
Congratulations Roger!!!
And the best of luck for your next match!
10/05/2006 | 05:37 AM
Dearest Roger,

Congratulations on your hard fought win! Its always difficult to play an unknown player. I wish you all the luck in the world against Moodie, again a player with whom you have not played. Love your blogs!

Love,

Sadhana
10/05/2006 | 05:17 AM
Congrats Roger!!
10/05/2006 | 04:31 AM
Go Roger!!!

You are a great player, I am sure you will find your rhythm. My fingers crossed.

Love,Eva
10/05/2006 | 04:21 AM
hey becareful champ!we don't want surprises!!! u can do it!
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