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Ready for round four

02.06.2006 | Tennis

Roger defeated Olympic champion Nicolas Massu 6-1, 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-5 in the third round of the French Open.

The pony-tailed Chilean had the distinction of entering the match with the most claycourt wins on the men's circuit in 2006 but that statistic counted for little against Roger. Our Swiss star effortlessly dismantled Massu's game and confidence during the first two sets.

Roger offered Massu a glimmer of hope when he lost the third set tiebreak 7-4 and trailed love-40 in the opening game of the fourth. But Roger unleashed a series of backhand and forehand winners to hold serve and he wrapped up the match when his opponent slapped a back hand into the net after two hours and 35 minutes.

Roger will next face Czech Tomas Berdych for a place in the quarter-finals.

 
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