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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 | 08:43 PM
Congrats on yet another win, Roger!!!! I'm happy to hear that you and your beloved family are okay! Good luck in the next rounds! I hope that your back is not a problem.

Good luck,
Your #1 Fan
03/12/2013 | 07:31 PM
Roger, happy to know (at least believing your words, but we know also you always hide niggles!) the back is not so bad. Wonderful match, and we could witness what you are able to do when you cannot do the usual. Congratulations, our boy. Please, take care. God bless you, Roger, and your team and family. Yes, earthquakes are scary!!!!!
03/12/2013 | 06:56 PM
Congratulations on surviving all of your experiences yesterday, Roger! Shame you didn't get the opportunity to get your revenge on Benneteau- we would all have enjoyed that. Wishing you a successful and uneventful next round!
03/12/2013 | 06:20 PM
On Roger's last service game I noted him arching his back whilst engaged in a stretch of three or so points that ended in stiff uncharacteristic errors, and I thought oh shit but then Roger hit some of his best ground strokes I think I have seen him hit and thought maybe he just has to pee or something. I hope he doesn't play when he shouldn't , I really like his chances at the French to at least make the final and mast likely win it
03/12/2013 | 05:10 PM
Dearest Roger,
Congratulations for making 4th round. Take care of your back, I hope you will feel fine by the next match.
God bless and take care of you, our dear champion!
I will keep my fingers crossed.
03/12/2013 | 04:59 PM
I did not realize that you tweaked your back. Please please take care. Prayer for you as usual. Please stay healthy and free of fear. No more earthquake please. No more pulling of back muscles. Healthy is the only thing that is important. Please take care Maestro, see your match tomorrow agains your country man. Love and prayer from Japan.
03/12/2013 | 04:46 PM
Federinho my dearest, got scared yesterday, hope yiur back is just fine! Love you
03/12/2013 | 04:37 PM
Congratulation to Roger.Best luck for next macth.Always cheer you up.god bless you and your family.
03/12/2013 | 04:37 PM
Impressive playing. Well done in your match. Hoping you have a speedy recovery with you back. Congratulations on your 890th career win. Amazing feat.

Earthquakes are a frightening & humbling experience. Growing up in Los Angeles I have experienced earthquakes all my life. The major ones were : 7.3 (destroyed my high school), 7.1 & 6.8 (collapsed the Santa Monica Fwy). You never forget the feeling of the earth rolling beneath your feet.

Glad you & the family are safe & sound.

Always wit
03/12/2013 | 04:01 PM
Congratulations Roger!