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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 | 05:56 PM
Congratulations Roger and good luck to the next round. It was nice to read about your interesting experiences in Japan, thanks.


ps. Also good luck to you and the Swiss team in the next Davis cup-match.

pss. Maybe - I`m not sure yet- I`m
10/04/2006 | 05:49 PM
10/04/2006 | 05:32 PM
Great form..its important to keep things rollin' ..stay cool
10/04/2006 | 05:27 PM
This is not strange
you are the best ...I LOVE YOU ROGER
10/04/2006 | 05:24 PM
Well done Rogi!!!!

Although it was a tough match, the good thing is that you won it and keep improving yourself.
Good luck for the next round!!!!
10/04/2006 | 05:23 PM
Roger san, konnichiwa.
I was keeping track of the score of your first match through the AIG Open website and to tell the true, I thought that you were delaying your triumph just to give the Japanese crowd a moment to watch your brilliant and sober game.
10/04/2006 | 05:23 PM
Hi, Roger. It is next to impossible not to watch you play... I do not consider my day complete without tennis. Thank G-d, you woin the first match. Unknown player is the most dangerous one. Just stay cool. And do you know what? I LOVE THE WAY YOU W
10/04/2006 | 05:06 PM

Dear Roger

Konnichi-Wa &
Congratulations for the first winning in Japan!!

I have been your big fan since Wimbledon final 2004, met you twice, today's match & your public practice on Monday! Today,I couldn't help calling your first name as
10/04/2006 | 05:00 PM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations on your winner against Viktor Troicki, tough as it might have been. It does take some time to adjust to a new tournament, new environment, plus you'd never played the guy before, and yeah you are right because of course it's
10/04/2006 | 04:55 PM
Good Luck Roger. Don't take the defending Champion lightly. And fight. We trust that you will find your game soon.

Much love
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