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In control

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 | 02:12 AM
FANCYFREE--- yes roger vs grigor would be so much beautiful play, also with those fantastic one handed BHs. but we will not be that lucky i'll bet.
05/09/2013 | 02:01 AM
JODOUG - nice question! I would like Roger to play Grigor in the final so .....
05/09/2013 | 01:29 AM
Great start! Best of luck against Nishikori.
05/09/2013 | 12:42 AM
stan vs dimitrov ought to be interesting with magnus norman coaching both. who do you think will win? roger's gold medal doubles partner or the guy who is just trying to be his double? LOL.
05/09/2013 | 12:36 AM
roger was #1 for a record 302 wks. nobody's going to match that. what his ranking is at this point doesn't really matter to me. hope roger is enjoying his family and his tennis.roger is so beloved everywhere, i could not imagine a crowd turning on him like they did djokovic yesterday.good luck to rog against kei.
05/09/2013 | 12:03 AM
Very nice to see You again on court!!! Great entrance to the tournament!!! Nice shots and service!!! GOO ROGER!!! GOO!!!
05/08/2013 | 11:42 PM
Stan is through!
05/08/2013 | 11:32 PM
Well my Hero!!!
05/08/2013 | 10:53 PM
Felicidades Roger!!!!!
Que buen partido. Vale la pena desmañanarse para verte y ahora si disfrutar un torneo..... sin tí, no tienen sentido........ Disfruta el partido con Nishikori, como nosotros disfrutaremos verte siempre...
Que hermosas tus niñas, cuando las veremos jugar contigo?
Te queremos
05/08/2013 | 10:33 PM
You look in great form after the pause, champ. It was the right decision and I believe you will be at your best at RG and Wimbledon. Can't wait to see you in action in another Grand Slam.
Take good care of yourself and enjoy the game.