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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 | 12:43 PM
thats the Roger Federer's magic...haha...eventhough you had a tough time but you came out as winner of the match..Many Congratulations and keep it more up Roger.....

JUST GO GO GO ROGERRRR!!!!

LOTSA LOVE N GOOD LUCK,
IQRA!:D

01/10/2007 | 12:36 PM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations! A good start to the year. I hope 2007 will be even more successful than 2006.

Best wishes, René
01/10/2007 | 12:09 PM
It is a nice result, you are very hard - working player. I hope that you will be able to win four Grand Slams in this year!!! Gooddy luckky!!!
01/10/2007 | 12:09 PM
Ok the first match of the season !! A hard one so i read.....
It must be very hot out there....i've read about the fires, i hope that they can handle it, hope it does't distroy a lot of nature, and people are save out there????

XXXXX kitty
courageus
01/10/2007 | 12:08 PM
yraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dear ROGER!!!!
Want to congratulated you with first win in this year!!!
it is rely hard for me that i not saw this game but i will looking over you game all season !!i promise!
oh i hope aft
courageus
01/10/2007 | 12:05 PM
yraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dear ROGER!!!!
Want to congratulated you with first win in this year!!!
it is rely hard for me that i not saw this game but i will looking over you game all season !!i promise!
oh i hope aft
01/10/2007 | 12:01 PM
Tough match, but you came up with the answers!Keep it up , champion.
Best wishes.
01/10/2007 | 11:52 AM
Congratz champ
keep going
this title is urs if god well
we wish u da best
01/10/2007 | 11:51 AM
Yeah, good start!!!

Keep goin' & hope all things turn out right for you always.

God bless!!!
01/10/2007 | 11:41 AM
Go Roger go!
woooooooooooh!

Alfredini
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