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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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01/10/2007 | 11:15 PM
Hello Roger
Welcome back to Australia

Congratulations on winning yesterday.
Your 1st match for 2007 but not so for Radek Stepanek who played a couple of matches in very hot Adelaide.Combine that with the atmospheric conditons in Melbourne you did ver
01/10/2007 | 11:00 PM
Dear Roger
congratulations on winning the opening match, it is always difficult in the beginning plus you didn't have as much rest as you have preferred, but it will all be good.
Hope all is well, good luck on the next match.
01/10/2007 | 10:16 PM
Excellent way of starting this new year!
A tought match is always necessary to find your game.
The season has just started!
I'm so happy to have you back!
Congratulations and successes!

01/10/2007 | 10:04 PM
you better watch out man. best of luck any way
01/10/2007 | 09:14 PM
Congratulations. I wish I could have seen the match. You always have it in you to come through in the tough situations. All the best for your round with Safin.
Your Fan from TEXAS.
01/10/2007 | 08:53 PM
Dearest Roger,

I guess you are still a bit rusty. You came through a very hard match in extreme conditions in spite of that. I am sure you will be a different person once the Australian Open starts. I hope your concentration and serves improve along wi
01/10/2007 | 08:45 PM
Congratulations! And Good Luck!
01/10/2007 | 08:21 PM
Roger, the only way the Australian Open will be scheduled in March is if a significant number of top-ranked players do not participate. There is precedent here, namely Bjorn Borg. But at least you have voiced your opinion forthrightly.
01/10/2007 | 08:08 PM
Well done Roger - always nice to squeeze the win, but as you say - you're just feeling your way into the new season - so there's bound to be some rust around!!!!

Good luck with the match against Marat - I hope you find your rhythm comfortably - but, ea
01/10/2007 | 08:03 PM
Dear Roger,

Very best of luck in Kooyong and of course, the Australian Open. Can't wait till it's on ESPN!

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