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Roger eases into round four

23.03.2014 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger has made it into round four in Miami thanks to a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 win over Thiemo de Bakker today.

Roger managed an early break in the opening set which gave him the necessary lead to take the set 6-3. With a break in the opening game of the second set, he then moved on without any trouble to defeat de Bakker after 63 minutes after a third break.

Next up in Miami is Richard Gasquet (ATP 9) on Tuesday, Roger leads the head-to-head 11-2.

 
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03/25/2014 | 09:36 PM
My point is, discord or harmony, it's not a make or break scenario. It's not what you want to read about as "what makes a champion Tennis player."

I somehow seek out more individualism in my heroes.

Plus, blind unity just because it's family? Seems a little forced. They can't all think good things about each other even if they don't show discord externally.
03/25/2014 | 09:36 PM
They don't flaunt it Shatir. It comes naturally. They Italians are laid back, with good food and plentiful sun. Of course different in the cities, where the usual stresses occur!
03/25/2014 | 09:33 PM
Back to tennis! How's Stan doing?
03/25/2014 | 09:32 PM
That's true. I guess the Sicilians are a little better known thanks to the Mafia stories and pop culture, 'The Godfather' etc.
Seems a little shallow to me, the whole concept, and especially the flaunting of it.
03/25/2014 | 09:31 PM
Yes obviously, there can be a lot of discord in a family but at the same time it's nice to see that there can also be harmony.
03/25/2014 | 09:31 PM
Yes obviously, there can be a lot of discord in a family but at the same time it's nice to see that there can also be harmony.
03/25/2014 | 09:28 PM
Not just Sicily, Shatir, Throughout Italy and indeed Spain the family are paramount. Two and a half years ago, I stayed in a small town for nine weeks, having befriended a couple from previous visits. That long period gave me insight into italian families.
03/25/2014 | 09:28 PM
Not just Sicily, Shatir, Throughout Italy and indeed Spain the family are paramount. Two and a half years ago, I stayed in a small town for nine weeks, having befriended a couple from previous visits. That long period gave me insight into italian families.
03/25/2014 | 09:20 PM
All completely unimpressive to me. What are they so afraid of? Are they untrustworthy people themselves that they distrust outsiders so much?
A long homily about family values has nothing I can learn from. Don't care for that stuff - some families are good to be a part of, some aren't. It's not the end of the world!
03/25/2014 | 09:19 PM
Btw I'm progressing (at snail pace) with Rafa's autobiography, and I have to say I find myself bored for long stretches.
For instance, large portions of the book talk about the strong family bond shared by the Nadal family. At one point it goes like "they only trust other family members with running the business", which sort of reminds me of the Sicilian mafia (the book goes as far as calling the Nadal family head a 'Don', only one without guns and the mob).