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A great performance

05.10.2006 | Tennis

Roger ended Wesley Moodie's reign as Japan Open champion with a 6-2 6-1 win to reach the quarter-finals in Tokyo.

 

Very concentratet right from the start, it took Roger just 51 minutes to defeat the South African, improving his win-loss record this year to 74-5.

 

"I played great and came up with an incredible match," Roger told reporters. "I hit a few really great shots but to win so convincingly was quite surprising."

 

ROger won seven straight games from 3-2 in the first set with an awesome display of stroke-making that left Moodie shaking his head in disbelief.

One angled backhand return from Roger that drifted away from Moodie and onto the line to give him a break for 2-0 in the second set even brought a wry smile to Roger's face. The nine-times grand slam singles champion had struggled to beat 276th-ranked qualifier Viktor Troicki 7-6 7-6 in his opening match and the unfortunate Moodie felt the full backlash.

 

Roger wrapped up the formalities on his first match point with a kicking second serve that brought a wild backhand from his deflated opponent, who looked relieved his ordeal was over.

"I had trouble returning yesterday and I was expecting worse today," Roger added. "But my reaction time was faster throughout the match today and I got the read better."

 

Roger will play either Germany's Alexander Waske or Japanese wildcard Takao Suzuki in the quarter-finals. Roger's match with Moodie was played under a closed roof in Tokyo as rain washed out much of Thursday's play.

 
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10/06/2006 | 02:06 PM
So grate Roger
XXX
10/06/2006 | 01:32 PM
hei roger..congratulations on your quarterfinal match!..although i wasn't able to watch your game here in the philippines, i still know you did a great job..goodluck on your next match!..i'm sure that the next time i'm going to search for the live scores,
10/06/2006 | 12:17 PM
HI Roger!!!

You are the best tennis player...all times!!!
I sign your website on my bloglink!!!!
bye from italy!!!
kendo
http://funopol.blogspot.com


10/06/2006 | 11:29 AM
Close shave Roger!! I hope you have an easier game today. Good luck
Camille
06.10.06
10/06/2006 | 10:37 AM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations! It's good to hear you are doing just fine in the other side of this world. Sadly the tourney isn't televised, yet I am very happy to read updates about you.

May God continue to bless you and keep you safe.





10/06/2006 | 10:12 AM
Roger, great matches! Too bad I looked all over TV listing in the US and couldn't find a broadcaster. Maybe you can talk to the guys at Tennis channel to show it next year! Enjoy Japan!
10/06/2006 | 08:45 AM
Well, I just wanted to express my relief in you winning the QF match, going to the TB in the 3rd set. Hope the local fans enjoyed this match. Hoping for an easy SF and Finals for you.
10/06/2006 | 08:43 AM
Hey guy, congratulation! (Although I can not see this match on TV...) I'm waiting for you in Shanghai! Hope you can win the Tennis Master Cup this year. Come on, Roger! : )
10/06/2006 | 07:38 AM
Hey Roger!!

Wow, fantastic match against Moodie, I knew you'd find your rhythm and your groove, but I really didn't expect you to come back so well!!!! I thought it'd take another match or so before you really kicked in, but of course, it's you, so I d
10/06/2006 | 07:00 AM
It's truely a great performance.

You adjusted yourself to be concentratet after the though 1st match. That's great!

You hit some incredible winners during the match. Winners from the baseline, volleys and so on, everything was perfect in that match.
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