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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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10/25/2006 | 01:06 AM
Great win Roger!!! And congrats on winning in Madrid. Looks like the end of the season is looking good!!! Keep it up we all know you can win!!!!!
10/25/2006 | 12:19 AM
great show today roger....you have to continue in this way!
good luck!
10/25/2006 | 12:18 AM
Hello Roger
What a thrill for you to be playing in your home town where it all began. Bigger thrill for the people of Basel to watch their hero win his 1st match.
Better still ACES benefit from your 11 aces.Wonderful.
Unfortunately this tournament is n
10/25/2006 | 12:16 AM
To some extent you look like Lendl. That is, consistency and class
10/24/2006 | 11:53 PM
thats grt keep it up rogs
10/24/2006 | 11:31 PM
Well done Roger. You really are enjoying yourself and long may it continue.

Best wishes from all in the U.K.
10/24/2006 | 11:16 PM
Congratulations on the first round win. I am relieved that your ankle seems to be causing no problem to you. I wish you good health most of all.

It must be so special to be back in your home town. Is it true that you were a ball boy for Martina Hing
10/24/2006 | 11:09 PM
Bravo Roger!!!! Keep going baby, you got it in the palm of you hand sweetie. I can bet that you are beaming with happiness that you are finally playing in your hometown again!!!! I feel the joy with you. Hopp Roger Hopp!!!!!

Marcee' Sturwold
10/24/2006 | 11:08 PM
great way to start!
The best for you
10/24/2006 | 10:58 PM
Dear Roger,

Enjoy your victory, enjoy your hometown and enjoy Mirka!

Ellen from NYC
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