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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!!!!!!!
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!!!!!!

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

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,
10/05/2006 | 01:16 PM

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

Godo luck on your next game.
10/05/2006 | 12:56 PM
Hi Roger,
Congrats ..
10/05/2006 | 12:34 PM

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