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A successfull start

10.01.2007 | Tennis

Roger had to work rather hard to defeat Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic in three sets in their opening match at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne this afternoon. Roger took over two hours to prove victorious, 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-5).

 

"I came here last year from winning Doha," said Roger. "I'm trying to find my way into the new year. Win or lose, this match would not have changed much. But it's always nicer to come up a winner. I turned it around when I had to."

Playing his first match of the 2007 season, Roger would certainly have hoped for an easier outing on a steamy day in Melbourne. He recovered after losing a break which had given him a 3-3 scoreline in the final set, staging a rally from 2-5 down in the final-set tiebreaker.

 

By the way, Stepanek is engaged to Swiss star Martina Hingis. Roger next plays against  former Australian Open champion Marat Safin of Russia, who beat Argentina's David Nalbandian in an earlier match.<o:p></o:p>

 

Roger has also joined the chorus of players calling for the Australian Open to be pushed back on the calendar. "It would be nice if the Australian Open would be a bit later because if that would happen we would have a bit more time in the off-season," Roger said. "But because the first grand slam is just around the corner basically, that's why we don't have any rest - if it would be in March we could take a rest."

 

 

 

 

 

 
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01/11/2007 | 03:37 AM
Congrats Roger !
Where can i see live score for these AAMi matches or which channel can i see on tv ? Currently at US. Cannot find any place for the above. Hope you had live scoring on your website.
Best of Luck.
TNC
01/11/2007 | 02:33 AM
PS I JUST GOT THE TENNIS CHANNEL

I ROCK

Tommy Hass was on in an interview with Chris. Hope your match will be on now.

01/11/2007 | 02:30 AM
It's almost match time

turn it around
turn turn turn

Feel the heat

You rock and Australia loves you, mate
01/11/2007 | 01:57 AM
Way to go Roger! Feliz Ano Nuevo!!!!
01/11/2007 | 01:46 AM
Hey Roger, that is just brilliant to see how you played! Hope that you can keep playing well after all!
01/11/2007 | 01:10 AM
hi roger! good start for the new atp season... i've missed seeing u in the courts. it's nice to see u play again champ! keep it up!
01/11/2007 | 12:42 AM
My congratulations!!!!
Lots of love,
Vlada XXXXXX
01/11/2007 | 12:22 AM
Hi Champ,
Well, you played what I would call an "Agassi match". So many matches he would come from behind to win it in 5 sets, and usually winning some tie breaks in the match also. He is the come back king of tennis.

That's allright. It sure makes f
01/11/2007 | 12:06 AM
A good start, congratulations!!!
keep going sweetie ;)
Lana -oxxo-
01/10/2007 | 11:56 PM
It certainly was a hard day for you out there on the court.Just the heat must have been a killer.But every fan was glad to see you win.Good luck with your next opponent M.Safin
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