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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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03/13/2013 | 04:56 AM
Well, Rog, an interesting day yesterday, starting out with an earthquake (have you and your family ever been in one before?), yikes!, then a good match against Dodig, then tweaking your back at the end there. Hope you're 'dealing with it' well and the treatments have helped so that you can play Stan strongly and not worry about your back too much.

Cheering for you, as always, and wishing only good luck for you!
Take care... I'll be watching and rooting for you!
03/13/2013 | 04:47 AM
I believe in you . Please stay healthy and happy. Yes!!
03/13/2013 | 04:22 AM
Well Roger, last time you tweaked your back was in Wimbledon 2012, how did that end? thats right, you won the tournament, improve on your serve and play with the intensity that you faced the start of the second half and everything should fall into place. Good luck against stan.
03/13/2013 | 04:04 AM
Good luck Roger against Stan, of course I´ll be rooting for you!!!
03/13/2013 | 04:03 AM
Roger, next time you get into an earthquake, the thing to do is get under a table or a desk, something like that. Do NOT go running out of the large building, as you might get hit by falling debris.

Most of our earthquakes in California are little ones. 4.7 is a pretty good one, though, and the epicenter wasn't very far from Palm Springs.
03/13/2013 | 03:28 AM
Good win Roger! Hope your back is doing beter and best of luck tomorrow against Stan! Can't wait! I'm sure it will be another great match and I hope you will win. Take care and enjoy!
03/13/2013 | 02:44 AM
Good news about improved problems with Your back. And that earthquake, don't worry. I hope that it was small problem and nothing else won't be. Great match against Dodig. I can't wait to the next match with Stan. It will be very good match. GOO ROGER!!! GOO!!!
03/13/2013 | 02:16 AM
Rog, it is great to read you are feeling better about that back problem; it is not the first time, hoping not to get worst. We all want to see more of you on court!!! Tennis will be tennis but for a decade now you have changed this sport, it is just amazing see you playing, so for the game itself, please take care!! You are smart by choosing your "fights"!
Like in the earthquake situation, you are always going to walk out safe. Good luck tomorrow!! Huge huge fan!
03/13/2013 | 01:36 AM
Dear Roger,

Yikes! Stay safe! Good luck tomorrow against Stan and I'll be cheering for you as always! :)

Your biggest fan,

03/13/2013 | 01:30 AM
"Fingers crossed there are no more tremors, Roger. X"

I should add that when you are around the earth does move for me!