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New record for Cincy

18.08.2005 | Tennis

Roger hasn't showed his best tennis this week, but has produced when it was needed. Roger failed to hold serve four times but beat Nicolas Kiefer of Germany 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters. "There's a reason he's No. 1 — he makes the important points," Kiefer said. Roger failed to hold serve twice in the first set, righted himself a bit in the second, then failed to hold twice in the third. "I was struggling in the beginning," he said. "The start of the match was crucial, and I couldn't get on top of him there. Still, in the end, to turn it around and not play my best is always a good feeling." Roger is 6-3 against Kiefer and has won five straight, including three times this year. It took him four sets at Wimbledon. He said the long break has drained a bit of his confidence. "The way you read the game; I have the feeling that's missing most," he said. "Then doubt suddenly creeps to your mind. You're not sure, 'Should I go for the shot or should I rather play it safe one more time?' When you're playing well, when you're confident, you don't think about those kind of things."

 
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