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Roger rushes into |next round

12.03.2013 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Our Roger had a ‘scary’ moment yesterday – but not on court where he again showed all of his skills to romp through 6-3, 6-1 against the Croatian Ivan Dodig. Dodig’s game was full of errors including a double fault on match point which allowed our champ to wrap up the match in 61 minutes. Something slightly worrying was that Roger tweaked his back during the match but as he said:


"At the end I tweaked it a little bit, but it's not the first time it's happened in my career, it's happened during Grand Slams, during tournaments, in practice. It's just something you learn to deal with". This was our champ’s 890th career win bringing him level with Connors, Lendl and Vilas as the only men to have won that number of matches in the open era.


Oh yes – that ‘scary’ moment? A 4.7 magnitude earthquake struck near Indian Wells. It happened before the day’s matches had begun at around 10.00 when Roger was still in the house where he is staying with his family. His family were outside but our champ was in the house and ran outside fast. “I didn’t know how long it was going to last, if it was going to get worse from there, or if the worst was already past,” he said. “It was a very strange feeling to have because you see the windows shaking and you look up and realize you’re under a structure. It was quite scary for a second there.”

 
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03/12/2013 | 11:43 AM
Stayed up to watch your match and congratulations on your 890th - what an another amazing achievement. Good to hear you are all ok. The earthquake must have been very scary. Was hoping the commentators were wrong when they said there was something wrong with you, but you do not seem overly worried about your back, so do hope it causes no problems. Good luck against Stan. Love, Liz x
03/12/2013 | 11:36 AM
Congratulations dear Roger!!!!
I´m praying God for your health and back problem.....if you are healthy and motivated nobody can with you.
All the best tomorrow against Wawrinka!!! My best wishes for next match and the rest of the tournament. Best of luck. With love!!!!
03/12/2013 | 11:24 AM
Earthquakes are always scary. You never know, how strong it's going to be at the end. Hope your family didn't have much of a shock.

Take care of your back. I really look forward to the match against Stan.
Go champion!!!!
03/12/2013 | 11:24 AM
Earthquakes are always scary. You never know, how strong it's going to be at the end. Hope your family didn't have much of a shock.

Take care of your back. I really look forward to the match against Stan.
Go champion!!!!
03/12/2013 | 11:07 AM
Good Job Roger :D But please take care of yourself this is our only concern ,,
wish you best of luck and wish you defend your title :D love you forever
03/12/2013 | 10:44 AM
Well done Rodger, stayed up here in the UK and watched the game. Hope the back is going to be ok and good luck for the next game x
03/12/2013 | 10:36 AM
Ooh that earthquake must have been scary, as was the moment when I realised you had stiffened up. But you still managed to roll the serves in and pull off some great shots in the last game. In that first set, the sun was a real problem I guess; probably shining straight in the eyes of both of you. Wonderful recovery at the net when it bounced behind you: amazing shot that followed. Good luck against Stan and hope the back fully recovers, love to our wonderful champ, xxxxx
03/12/2013 | 10:15 AM
Congratulations.. Good luck against Wawrinka in the next round.
03/12/2013 | 09:48 AM
Well played Roger. I hope the back problem is just a passing tweak and so easily sorted. Now for Stan, he is playing well at the moment. I hate it when you two have to play. Keep,on as you are and there should be no problem. Good luck Rogi.
Glad to know you and your family are safe after the earthquake. It takes awhile to work out what is going on and they are very unsettling.
03/12/2013 | 09:38 AM
Your "shot of the day" was really funny and very acurate: admirable!

Now the duel that I hate, but I hope you can win without leaving too much energy on court. Stan seems to be playing fine as per his result over Hewitt.

a not scared RFan
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