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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 | 02:27 PM

Well done, sugar - struggled through, but now I am sure it will get easier for you. Best of luck with this, and especially in the Australian Open.

Love forever,

Daley xxx
01/10/2007 | 02:27 PM
congrat's! well done, superman. C'mon! xx
01/10/2007 | 02:24 PM
what a way to start the season. CONGRATULATIONS!! the tournament may not count that much, but to win surely is a relief! whew! to be honest i thought it will be a clean sweep, but then it must be the holiday-lag. good luck to your next game vs safin. i k
01/10/2007 | 02:20 PM
Congrats Roger for your first win of the year. You worked very hard in extremely hot conditions and it finally payed off. It's a good tune-up for the AO, nothing more and nothing less than that.
Best of luck for the rest of the tournament and then on w
01/10/2007 | 01:47 PM
Bravo Roger.Bravooooo.....



Almica
01/10/2007 | 01:45 PM
Well done!!!!! but take it easy...congratulations...and keep wining...my best wishes for you
Gabriela
Buenos Aires
ARGENTINA
01/10/2007 | 01:05 PM
Hey Roger,

I think that your victory over Radek Stepanek is the start of a very good year. Good luck with the Australian Open.
01/10/2007 | 12:57 PM
congrattzzz roger!!!! its nice to c u have a winning start!!!!!!
all the best for the australian open!!!!!!!!!

luv,
srijaya!
01/10/2007 | 12:56 PM
congrats my Rodger!!
it's normal to find a dificult in first match
but we know that is the bigining & we will see another Roger :)
GOOD LUCK CHAMPION.
01/10/2007 | 12:51 PM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations on your first win of the year. Keep up the good work.

Good luck with the rest of the tournament and the Australian open. I fully agree with you that it should be held later on in the year. Take care.

Love From Chris
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