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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 | 04:38 AM
My dear Roger,

I am wishing you all the best for your match tomorrow. Please stay healthy, I beg of you.

As always, the Dear Lord is with you. Take good care.


Your 'Aunty Pat' from Jamaica
05/10/2007 | 02:09 AM
Glad you put up other picture & you look happy! Congratutions on your win. You look great out there. It's so nice to watch you play you are so graceful. If you play Nadal I hope you will hit down the line behind him , angles net shots & every game puttin
05/10/2007 | 01:55 AM
This seems like a Champion's victory, come on boy u can do it, i have strong believe that u'll be the one who will break the Nadal's winning streak on the clay, so i'll say Congratulations to u on winning the opening match and best of luck for the rest of
05/10/2007 | 01:06 AM
Jebote vise! Tako se igra! Do kraja ovako, nemoj posustati i Nadal je gotov! I want you to win Rome, because you can do it! Good luck!
05/09/2007 | 11:36 PM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations on your win against Almagro. Good luck in tomorrow's match against Volandri. Take care.

Love From Christinex
05/09/2007 | 10:05 PM
Good luck for tomorrow! :)
05/09/2007 | 09:25 PM
Roger! You can defeat any player in the world ... no matter the surface. Don't let anyone have the best of you because no one is.

Win eveything !! Go Roger !!
05/09/2007 | 08:54 PM
your begining was outstanding .. keep the same performance man ... hopefully you win it at the end ... and it will be more exciting once you win it after defeating Nadal ;)

Assuring you of my best regards , i remain

MilOoOo <=== Kuwait
05/09/2007 | 08:36 PM
Dear Roger,

I wanted to wish you all the best for tomorrow against Volandri who everyone thought wouldn't make it but he did with help from the crowds i don't think gasquet handled them to well he did keep asking the umpire about line calls and that ju
05/09/2007 | 08:23 PM
Superb start!!! the best in a long time… let’s keep that rhythm and the momentum going... It can only get better from here.
GO CHAMP!!! Can’t wait to see you kissing that trophy Sunday.
BE CONFIDENT, U R the only # 1!!!!