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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 | 11:55 AM
you are amazing like always..perfect...congratulations, Roger...you were charming...good luck in the next round....fight for the trophy...go, Roger...you are definetly the best...thanks for this incredible day...
10/05/2006 | 11:55 AM
you are amazing like always..perfect...congratulations, Roger...you were charming...good luck in the next round....fight for the trophy...go, Roger...you are definetly the best...thanks for this incredible day...
10/05/2006 | 11:46 AM
wow it was incredible match!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and very easy ,and good more than the match yesterday
best wishes in the match tomorrow we want an amazing match

GOOD LUCK
10/05/2006 | 11:45 AM
Roger !

Good luck ! I love you !
10/05/2006 | 11:41 AM
congrats my diear!!! now I don't have time to write you much! all I want to say it's I love you and good luck!!! love you bye
10/05/2006 | 11:39 AM
Congratulations Roger! I didn't watch the match but judging from this report you must have gotten into "the zone".

Hope you'll become the new champion of Japan Open!
10/05/2006 | 11:35 AM
When i see your backand return i stayed 10 seconds in silent..then i said.."wow"..you're incredibile,some shots you made seems to be "made in heaven"..keep on believin'
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