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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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10/04/2006 | 08:50 PM
I haven' t seen you but i think it had been a good match.
10/04/2006 | 08:37 PM
the first match against a player whom you never saw playing i always difficult...tomorrow,against moodie,will be a though match....so stay focused!!!
good luck!
10/04/2006 | 08:19 PM
Mr. dear Roger,

I am so happy that you won your first match, especially, playing someone for the first time. Anyway, not to worry, this will help you to get into rhythm for your next opponent.

Please do well and play your game. God is with you. Al
10/04/2006 | 08:17 PM
Well done Roger - always tricky to play the first round of a tourney against an unknown - good to get through in straights and I'm sure you are nicely into your groove now and will be just fine with Wesley.

Loving your blog - as are MANY MANY people, i
10/04/2006 | 07:26 PM
hi Roger

with love.
10/04/2006 | 07:15 PM
Congratulations, Roger!

You make tennis look so easy that at times we all forget how very tough it can be. You had no easy time of it today, but you fought and prevailed. Hats off for a well-earned victory.
All the best in winning the Op
10/04/2006 | 06:54 PM
Good luck SWEETIE!!!
take care, Lana -oxxo-
10/04/2006 | 06:42 PM
Well done! Good luck in the next round! Watch out for any dodgy food prepared by Mirka!!Hehehe
10/04/2006 | 06:31 PM
Everyone expects so much of you. That must be hard. Very frustrating that no television coverage exists in the US for us to see your matches (at least none that I can find). But obvisouly you know how many of us are rooting for you. All the best. Nancy
10/04/2006 | 06:03 PM
Tough matches bring out the best in you, Rog. However, I hope the next one will be easier! ;)

Waaaaay on the other side of the world....

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