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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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10/05/2006 | 09:18 PM
Dear Roger,

Wonderful, wonderful. I am so happy that you won this match. I knew you would though.

Well, you have another one coming up tomorrow so look forward to that. Take care of yourself and keep on enjoying your time in Japan. I received ac
10/05/2006 | 08:26 PM
Congrats idol! Another fantastic match.

way to go...
10/05/2006 | 08:06 PM
Hi roger,

Well you don't believe in wasting any time now do you 51 minutes thats some going, I wish i could say i saw it but again they are not showing the tournament here in the uk which i think is very annoying but iam glad you are winning.

And ma
10/05/2006 | 06:45 PM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations, Roger!
I went to Ariake every day to cheer you.
You will meet Takao Suzuki on next match.
I am Japanese, but I will support and cheer you with small national flag of Switzerland!!
Good Luck Roger!!

10/05/2006 | 06:28 PM
Congratulation on your easy win today and the official opening of Roger Federer Bakery in Japan (referring to the “breadstick” in your second set 6-1 victory).

Two down, three to go. Best of luck on your quarter final match with Suzuki tomorrow.
10/05/2006 | 06:14 PM
Hey Roger,

Splendid that you survived the nightmare without too much physical or emotional injury. Surely it was a result of ALL the new experiences, sensations, as well as the sushi and sake that you are taking in in Japan. You are more that just an
10/05/2006 | 06:03 PM
Congratulations Rogi! I didn't see the match but it sounds like you played awesome today. Hopefully you can keep this up for the rest of the tournament! Good luck!

Love you heaps,

10/05/2006 | 05:41 PM
Congrats Roger, keep it up. I also hope you and Mirka have relaxing and funny sushi-dinners.
10/05/2006 | 05:32 PM
Roger, you're the best...you'll gonna win this tournament as i always knew..keep it up and have fun...
10/05/2006 | 05:21 PM

Your next opponent will be the Japanese Suzuki. We still remember your 05AO match against him which is fantastic!

This QF is definitely a dreaming treat for those Japanese audience. I envy them.
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