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08.05.2013 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger made a successful start after a break of several weeks, defeating Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3 at the Madrid Open.

"I didn't think I played incredible, but that's not what I was expecting myself to do here. But I didn't play bad, either. So I'm very happy with how things went today. Stepanek is a player who can cause a lot of difficulties in the game. He has caused me difficulties in the past. Today that wasn't the case. I thought I was pretty much in control," Roger said after the match.

It didn't take long for Roger to get into the rhythm of his game, cruising past stepanek in 81 minutes. He will now either play Japan's Kei Nishikori (ATP 16) or Viktor Troicki of Serbia (ATP 44).

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05/09/2013 | 05:42 PM

I am at work and had a little chance to see the match.. The only minutes I saw Is a Roger missing "easy" shots, and with a body language not good... Can you tell me if all the set He was like that?

Thank you

Best For All

05/09/2013 | 05:38 PM
05/09/2013 | 05:08 PM
Good luck Roger!!
05/09/2013 | 04:31 PM
All the best dear roger for your match, good luck!!!
05/09/2013 | 03:43 PM
Hello Roger,

Happy to see you back on court again, winning your 1st match comfortably. Not a bad draw for a 1st match after a long break. I wonder how you would have done if it had been Dimitrov in stead of Stepanek, but I think you would have dealt much better with the young man :-). I must admit that seeing your girls in the box, absorbed in their books was a pretty picture I hope to see many more times in the future.
I wish you all the very best against Nishikori later today.

05/09/2013 | 02:35 PM
Hello Roger
Welcome back to the tennis courts and our loungeroom!
Congratulations on your win which we enjoyed--so pleased that your opponent was Radek and not one of the ball bashes who hit from baseline to baseline.
we particlarly enjoyed your forecourt play--very good
Wishing you all of the very best against Kei Nishikori--should be a good match with you winning of course!
Kindest regards
05/09/2013 | 02:29 PM
**ANT.EVANS** no one thinks dimitrov is comparable to rog. roger is the greatest ever with 17 GS, 76 titles and nobody can play like him. dimitrov has 0 titles. but its clear that's who dimitrov plays sort of like. dimitrov is a good young player and i wouldn't take anything away from him and his talent. he's coming into his own. he is very good in his own right. we were just having a little fun about him playing roger. dimitrov is on the ground a lot. rog never is. so yes, footwork needs work.
05/09/2013 | 01:20 PM

Dimitrov said the same he does not like to be called 'baby " Federer as he
is a person on is own.....
05/09/2013 | 01:08 PM
Just reading lots of discussion about federer and Dimitrov.I wanna say.We have the greatest tennis player ever is Roger Federer.If someone wanna compare him with someone else.....Firstly ....that tennis player must successful as Roger.Second...Foot work of Dimitrov is not perfect as our champ.....Federer is greatest tennis player and most classic charater and style ever.Best luck for next compitation...
05/09/2013 | 11:54 AM
Der Roger
I'll never forget your win over Nishikori in Basel 2011! The first set was so great! I was present at St Jakob's Halle and enjoed! I am not in Madrid now, but hope you'll play well and win!
Wish you all the best and good luck dearest Roger!
Go, Roger, gooooooooooooo!
Love, Mimi