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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 | 03:58 PM
Konnichiwa Roger!

Tomorrow You wil play Takao Suzuki!!
I am Japanese but I will support you, Roger!!
10/05/2006 | 03:56 PM
Go Roger! You are the man. I'm sorry I missed it.
10/05/2006 | 03:48 PM
Hi Roger!
u simply ROCK!!!
Congrats on a easy win!!
Luv ya!!!
10/05/2006 | 03:44 PM
What a steam-roll victory over the defending champion, Roger! And it sounds like you played awesome, finding your rhythm very quickly! Reading the reports and your own impressions from the match I'm happy for you and the Japanese fans, but also even more
10/05/2006 | 03:22 PM
you are the best forever in my mind!!!!!!!!
10/05/2006 | 03:07 PM
hi! keep up the good work. always include you in my prayers, good bless you!
10/05/2006 | 03:02 PM
Wonderful! Keep it up and best of everything in Japan for you and your team!
10/05/2006 | 02:43 PM
Bravo Rog!....keep it up!....
10/05/2006 | 02:40 PM
Very nice Roger!
Good luck next round!
10/05/2006 | 02:27 PM
I didn't see all your matches because i don't have a transmission from Tokyo :( but I watching your play on the Internet and I'm very happy that You winning :) I'm sure that You win Japan Open :D
Good luck Rogi :*
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