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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 | 01:58 PM
way 2 go roger!!!!!!!
congratz!!!!
10/05/2006 | 01:36 PM
Totally awesome baby!!!!!!! I knew you would do it, but not this easily. Good luck against you next victim. I will be thinking of you in my swiss dreams!!!! Vamos Roger Vamos!!!!!!

Marcee'
10/05/2006 | 01:36 PM
Well done! now you have time to write another great blog! ;)
10/05/2006 | 01:36 PM
CONGRATULATIONS ROGER!!

Just look at that! It was originally 55 min, then 53 min, then 52 min, now it's officially 51 minutes! Roger, this has to be some kind of record!

I am so happy for you! LOVE YA!
10/05/2006 | 01:21 PM
Wow! That's all I can say after watching this...
Good luck in the qfs!
All my love,
Lydia
kriko
10/05/2006 | 01:16 PM
¡¡¡¡GO, GO, GO, ROGER AMADEUS FEDERER,

GO, GO,GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
10/05/2006 | 01:11 PM
Go you!
Congrats, great game. You did much better today, ha.

Godo luck on your next game.
love
m&y
10/05/2006 | 12:56 PM
Hi Roger,
Congrats ..
10/05/2006 | 12:34 PM
GOOD LUCK

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10/05/2006 | 12:28 PM
Great match Roger...you are the best!
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