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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 | 04:51 PM
CONGRATULATIONS ROGI!!! The first game is always difficult, u had to stydy the surface, and ur opponent was new for you as well,, so i think the score is fine... See you winning against Moodie and see you with this trophy the sunday.. bye
10/04/2006 | 04:48 PM
Congrats Roger for passing the first hurdle...we are sure that you will be lifting the cup with plenty to spare!! Please relax and enjoy your time in Japan...Can we expect lot more interesting blogs from you?
Please do meet and support Michael Schumache
10/04/2006 | 04:43 PM
...it's important you succeeded...congratulations and good luck from now one...you are the best and we know it...you know it...go Roger...i hope you will win here...hearthly wishes...
10/04/2006 | 04:36 PM
Congratulations on this win Rogi. Good luck in your second match!

Love you lots,

10/04/2006 | 04:31 PM
I'm sure sure that u will do it!
10/04/2006 | 04:19 PM
congratz on ur win rog!!!!!!
10/04/2006 | 04:15 PM
Well Roger, I was not surprised this was a close match - 1st round against a completely unknown opponent is always tricky - maybe a little surprised by such a tight score. But the important thing is you managed to elevate your game when it mattered and ca
10/04/2006 | 04:07 PM
Good luck against Moodie!!!!! Remember I am always with you in spirit. Being in Japan your matches are played while I am sleeping, so I dream swiss dreams during that time. You are always in my heart, go get him TIGER!!!!!!! Have fun for me OK!!!!

10/04/2006 | 04:05 PM
It was tough but you could get through. Congratulations! Good luck for next round with Moodie. However, you will make if and will make it beautifully. Bonne Chance!
10/04/2006 | 03:56 PM
Hi roger,

Congrats on the first win (one of many may i add) it was a tough first round but it does like you have said it takes time to find the form and get used to the surface and everything that goes with it. And being that you have never played him
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