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A convincing start

08.05.2007 | Tennis

Roger began his bid for a first Rome Masters title with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Nicolas Almagro today.


"I think it was a good performance. Nicolas is a good player, especially on clay, and the first round is always difficult. I hope I can play even better in the second round," he commented.


Roger won with minimum effort, raising his game to break the Spaniard in his opening service game and then again in the first game of the second set. He clearly dominated the match – a fact that is underlined with the 66-54 statistic winners-statistic. Roger never lost his own serve and only faced one break ball, but had five of them himself.


Our star will enjoy a day off on Wednesday and will meet either Filippo Volandri oder Richard Gasquet in the next round.



Yesterday, Roger met Rafael Nadal in doubles for the first time. Nadal teamed with Carlos Moya and Roger played with his Davis Cup teammate Stanislas Wawrinka - Nadal/Moya took home the match 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the first round of the Rome Masters.

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05/10/2007 | 04:57 PM
I cannot believe, how you beat yourself with so much unforce errors from backhand and forehand. You lost with Canas in hard court twice, Nadal twice in clay and in Battle of Surface and now with Volandir. What on the world is going on? How come the guys
05/10/2007 | 04:56 PM
Roger Fans,

KVM told me to back off. Why? Because I said the truth? Sorry KVM and other Roger fans, but I am a Roger fan as well. I am a huge Roger fan. The truth is that Roger is not playing very well. I don't know what's happening, but he is not focu
05/10/2007 | 04:53 PM
Oh Roger, this was just awful today. I am so upset for you. Unfortunately, you just wasn't 'there' today, try to cheer up and forget it - it will all come back, genius doesn't disappear forever.
05/10/2007 | 04:46 PM
Its GOOD he lost to Volandri - he will be losing 6-0, 6-0 to Nadal if he plays him now.
He will lose even if he plays on grass / hard. His days are gone - i cannot believe what i watched today.

05/10/2007 | 04:38 PM
Dear Roger,

What can i say but who ever that was on court was a bad player to say the least are you sure you are the number 1 because from where i was sitting volandri was, it was terrible there are no other words to describe that perfomance if you can
05/10/2007 | 04:37 PM
Not hungry anymore?
05/10/2007 | 04:32 PM
Roger n Team,

you should solve your problems and we dont know what is happening.

I really cannot believe what i witnessed today... PERHAPS One of the Very worst performance in Roger's entire career....

Also to the other fans, i think, Roger lost
05/10/2007 | 04:31 PM
Looks like you are in a vacation mood thesedays. Looks like you don't enjoy playing tennis thesedays. What happened to you my friend? Why don't you want to win? Why don't you change your game here and there during the match to beat the opponent. You used
05/10/2007 | 04:25 PM
I can not believe my eyes

I don't believe the way you played today !
05/10/2007 | 04:24 PM
Its a pity this year is becoming a huge challenge for you. I hope its not the LAW OF DIMINISHING RETURNS. You needs to wake up.
You just can't loose to no name players. Get up and work your way up again. I know you can do it.

Rise up Champ!!!
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