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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 | 05:04 AM
I can't wait to logon every night to read your latest blog! Your writing is amazing. I don't get to see the Japan Open where I live, but your blogs are the next best thing. Keep up the good work, my friend!
10/06/2006 | 05:02 AM
I can't wait to logon every night to read your latest blog! Your writing is amazing. I don't get to see the Japan Open where I live, but your blogs are the next best thing. Keep up the good work, my friend!
10/06/2006 | 02:27 AM
Hi Rogelio congrats what an easy match,so strange what could happened with Moodie,but well that's excellent for you continue like that champ!
10/06/2006 | 02:26 AM
wow Roger, tiebreaks on yr 1st match, and then the next day u pretty much wiped out the defending champ. Amazing !!
Hope your nightmare and middle of the night awakening will not affect yr play today as you play someone again u are not familiar with.
St
10/06/2006 | 12:35 AM
Dearest Roger,

I did not realize that you had played against Suzuki at the 2005 Australian Open and beat him in straight sets. My mistake. Anyway you will beat your own record of 1345 points set in 2005, when you reach semifinals. You are at 1336 now.
10/05/2006 | 11:56 PM
Kia Ora Roger,
I've just caught a snippet on Eurovision Sports News (Pay-Tv and the only coverage of the tournament) of your second round match and so excited to see you totally focused and amazed at the huge crowd there. An absolutely awesome display an
10/05/2006 | 11:23 PM
Roger that was fantastic.Sorry I'm late but I couldn't sleep last night because I didn't write you nothing.But now I woke up and I write you straight away.That was great match.I hope every match is going to be that easy like yesterday .BYE. MARIO
10/05/2006 | 10:53 PM
Brilliant. I wish I could've seen it myself! Keep on truckin', Rog!
10/05/2006 | 10:38 PM
this is my hero
10/05/2006 | 09:31 PM
That rocks. Keepup the good performance.
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