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A clear victory in round one

24.10.2006 | Tennis

Roger easily advanced to the second round of the Davidoff Swiss Indoors, beating Czech qualifier Tomas Zib (ATP 151) 6-1, 6-2 today.


Never having won his hometown tournament, Roger showed a display of the shape he is in, winning 12 of the first 14 points, including four straight aces in the third game. "I'm hitting the ball real well right now," he said, having finished with 11 aces. "It's good if it stays like this."


Roger has won 20 straight matches and claimed his 10th title of the year last week at the Madrid Masters, but has yet to win the Basel tournament. He lost to Thomas Enqvist in the 2000 final, and then to Tim Henman a year later. He did not play the last two years because of injuries.


In Thursday's second round, Roger will face Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, who beat Julian Reister of Germany 7-6 (4), 6-2. It is the first time the two players meet. Du to the fact that Garcia-Lopez is listed 75th in the ATP ranking, Roger is the clear favourite for the match.

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10/26/2006 | 01:20 AM
My TV channels are not broadcasting the Basel Tournament.
May I ask Christina which website allows us to watch the Basel matches?
10/26/2006 | 12:09 AM
Welcome home in Basel Roger and congratulation to your convincing first round win. I'm sure it was a special feeling for you to play in front of the Swiss crowd.
Good luck for your next match and enjoy the time in your country :-)
10/25/2006 | 11:27 PM
Hi Roger,

What they say it's true, you just gets better & better everytime you play...watch you on TV for Madrid, best of luck in Basel since TV does not broadcast Basel...(sigh)

Ager C
10/25/2006 | 10:27 PM
Roger, I watched you rock. It was such a privilege to see you play since I hadn't since the US Open final. I had forgotten just how good you are. especially coming from nowhere to shock everyone including Zib with a passing shot! Rockin' Roger, rock on!
10/25/2006 | 08:55 PM
Stay well, and good luck on Thursday. I feel as though you will win Basel, Paris, and Shanghi. I'm pulling for you. jlh
10/25/2006 | 07:35 PM
Congratulation Rogiiiiiiiii !!!!!
Good luck tomorrow, take care.
Lana -oxxo-
10/25/2006 | 07:33 PM

nice victory it was a very easy match i hope u win the champion cause u play in your home
and i know that u will win it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
good luck my dear

10/25/2006 | 06:58 PM
Mi pastelito, te deseo mucha mucha suerte para tu partido del jueves, ahora estas en una gran momento... cuidate un monton por favor, cuida tu tobillo...

1000 besos para ti !
10/25/2006 | 06:32 PM
Dear Roger,

Good luck and enjoy playng your home town!!!!!

10/25/2006 | 04:24 PM
great match rog!
i really liked the cross forehand!
Best regards Luca
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