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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 | 03:47 AM
Hey Rock Star
Use your racket like a guitar?
It's what you do, It's what you choose
Playin' the Moodie Blues
10/05/2006 | 02:59 AM
Dearest Roger,

Don't worry too much about the scoreline - you won, and in straight sets to boot, which is what matters most. Being a champion, you have to consistently be able to find ways to win, despite being under pressure, facing an unknown oppone
10/05/2006 | 02:58 AM
Hi Roger. Firstly, good to see ya back in action. Of course a win in your 1st match after a lay off is very encouraging.

But I'm sure with more matches, you'll soon return to 100% match fitness and form.

Take care and good luck for the tournament! W
10/05/2006 | 12:57 AM
Rusty you may have been, but hey, you still won. Good work, champ!
10/05/2006 | 12:20 AM
congratolision roger .. u will play better next
time am sure baby love u 4 ever
x x x - sara - saudi arabia
10/05/2006 | 12:06 AM
Hey Jomy123, Roger won't be in the Ferrari pits on Sunday afternoon, he will be playing in the final of the tennis

NZ Fan
10/05/2006 | 12:00 AM
Congratulations for this first match!!!
Good Luck, Roger!!
10/04/2006 | 11:29 PM
Congrats on winning your first match since the USOpen. I agree with the assessment of playing your first match since early Sept.,new country,new surface, and most of all an unknown player but you came through as always. By the way, why do you think the A
10/04/2006 | 10:33 PM
Congrats on winning the 2nd round!
Good Luck for next round!
Take care

10/04/2006 | 10:22 PM
Good Job Roger! keep your cool and Good Luck on the next match !!!!

Love from California,
Your No 1 Admirer,
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