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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 | 03:56 PM
Rogi! So sad I cannot see you playing. But Im SO SO happy you won your first match.
Good luck with Moodie...OMG he is so so tall.But Im confident your game is much much better and beautiful.
10/04/2006 | 03:54 PM
I don't have any doubt you will win the match. Score doesn't matter as long as you keep winning.
Good luck
10/04/2006 | 03:48 PM
Many Congratulations Roger!!!
i am so glad that you have passed the 2nd round!it was tough but the thing whichz important is the WIN!!!and you won!and we all knew it!
Youuuu Rock
we love you!!!
Goooo Swisshear
10/04/2006 | 03:38 PM
congrats Roger... good luck in the next round
10/04/2006 | 03:32 PM
Hey Roger
Glückwunsch! ich finde das total schön das du auch anche deinen ganzen Triumphen "auf dem Teppich" bleibst!
Dieses Turnier gewinnst du auch noch!
10/04/2006 | 03:30 PM
You'll win this Open.

10/04/2006 | 03:16 PM
Hey Rog,
Congrats on winning your first game of the tournament. It must have been tough, looking at the score (can't watch it here), opponent is unknown to you.. makes sense. But you advanced and that is a great thing! Good luck on your next match, i
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