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First victory in Indian Wells

09.03.2014 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 7-6(5) in his first match in Indian Wells.

Roger opened the match with a break and was never under pressure on his own serve. Scoring another break to reach a 5-2 lead he easily booked the first set. The French qualifyer put up more of a fight in the second set, holding serve until 3-3, when Roger broke his serve. But serving for the match at 5-4, Roger was not able to hold serve and so things had to be decided in a tie-breaker. Our champ fell 1-3 behind at first, but eventually brought everything together to wrap up the match in two sets after 1h 31minutes of play.

Roger's next opponent is Dmitry Tursunov (APT 30), against whom he has won all three previous encounter.


Roger was also successful in the the doubles alongsied Stan Wawrinka. The two Swiss defeated the team Bopanna / Qureshi 6-2, 6-7(4) and 10-6.

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03/11/2014 | 09:40 PM

THNX **FANCY & 92***



03/11/2014 | 01:22 PM
I for one don't think doubles will deplete Roger's energy.
It's a short and high intensity workout, that's all. 90% of the points won't involve much running around or long rallies.
Also, without deuces and only 2 "proper sets" (and a match tiebreaker), his doubles matches will take less than 90 minutes. Maybe even under an hour.

He has another rest day tomorrow so he'll be in good shape on Wednesday!
03/11/2014 | 11:52 AM
Great work legend , i feel you can take it this time
03/11/2014 | 10:48 AM
Lots of wins Roger in one day. Congratulations to both you and Stan. Have a good rest today!
Very interesting that Nadal is out, even more if he is using his 'minor' back problem as an excuse! Either way, he is one less for Roger and us to worry about. At the moment I think Rogers biggest hurdle to getting to the final will sadly, be Stan! They have known each other's games well in the past, but the Stanimal is very different to Stan the Man. To take out Seppi with a bagel and 6:2, incredible!
03/11/2014 | 10:30 AM
Congratulations on you wins!!!, great tennis!!!.Good luck in the upcoming match!. Take care.
03/11/2014 | 10:22 AM
Brilliant Roger! Singles and doubles wins - and the doubles pair - that was a tough one. You and Stan are looking good! Your mate Tommy in the next singles round - pity he wasn't on the other side 'cos I like Tommy, but somebody's got to go out, and I don't want it to be you of course. Good luck for the next matches champ, xxxxxxx
03/11/2014 | 10:16 AM
Congrats on the wins Roger...It is interesting to see that in last three matches(both singles and Doubles), out of the last 6 sets played, 5 of them have been won in a tiebreak..I want you not to exhaust and play sharp against Haas on R4 and also play easy in doubles..I am getting really concerned about you at this stage of the tournament.I hope you play well and keep winning.All the best Roger.. Go win clean!!!!
03/11/2014 | 10:12 AM
Tonyn - true, doubles will deplete Fed's energy. Nadal already has the back prepared as a lame excuse for his "revised" service motion which resulted in opponents attacking his serve more.....the same back that after AO final, his team said it only needs a "few days" to recover, "nothing serious", "happens often to players". Watch the clay season when he will be throwing his body at every ball for two months injury-free.
03/11/2014 | 09:54 AM
Federer-Wawrinka would probably prefer to beat Stepanek-Paes due to Davis Cup. But at this stage of the tournament, Roger continuing to play 3 more doubles matches may negatively impact his 4 remaining singles matches. He's not winning his singles and doubles matches efficiently -- thus this extra doubles effort may affect his energy, recovery and practice for his singles matches.

Nadal probably was worried about facing Murray/Raonic, confident Wawrinka or Federer. 'Injury' excuses coming.
03/11/2014 | 09:26 AM
In their last 5 matches since 2009: his generational buddy Tommy Haas has beaten Roger in straight sets once for a title, while Roger needed deciding sets to win 4 non-title matches. Since 2008, Roger tends to play sloppy 'head-scratching' tennis against his older generation of players, instead of crushing them. Being ATP Player Council president has possibly made him soft against them. Roger tends to play more focused, 'ruthless' and better against a young gun (when pride is on the line?).
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