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First day against the Czech Republic: 1-1

21.09.2007 | Tennis

Roger defeated Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) on the first day of the Davis Cup encounter in Prague today. The Swiss team-leader broke Stepanek for a 4-2 lead in the first set. He continued his dominance in the second, breaking for a 3-1 lead and finishing the set with a love game. Stepanek double-faulted to give his opponent a 2-1 lead in the third set. But he evened it up at 5-5, converting his third break point in the game. Cheered by an enthusiastic crowd of some 14,000, Stepanek quickly built a 4-1 lead in the ensuing tiebreaker and held on to win. Stepanek fought off three match points against his serve in the fourth, before sending the match into another tiebreaker. This time, Roger took a 4-2 lead and converted his seventh match point when Stepanek netted a backhand return. "It was a very tough match in the end, but it did not look it at the beginning," Roger said, adding he had not played a three-hour long match in a long time. "I hope we can finish off on Saturday. I hope not to play on Sunday," he said.

 

Stanislas Wawrinka played the second match of the day against Tomas Berdych, losing 6-7, 4-6, 5-7.

 
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09/22/2007 | 03:26 PM
roger rocks
09/22/2007 | 03:26 PM
Best of luck to the team, Roger. Stepanek has always been a tough match, congratulations. I have had a really hard time with the streaming links available - on/off, on/off, thank Heaven for all of the pix in your forum! Really beautiful, love to see your
09/22/2007 | 03:10 PM
Roger,You are the king in the world of tennis!~
We're proud of you!
09/22/2007 | 03:08 PM
So nice to see you again!Just go ahead and wish to have more good news about you--THE KING OF SPORT WORLD!:)
Best wishes
09/22/2007 | 02:41 PM
Good going Roger! Surely wish I could get these matches on TV.I miss watching you play. I know you are enjoying these and I am glad to see you won! Will be glad to get some matches in October!!!
09/22/2007 | 02:28 PM
Congrats Roger!
You won at the 2007 David Cup debut for Swiss! It's so meaningful!
Hope you and Swiss team can finish quickly!
Good luck!
09/22/2007 | 01:33 PM
Good!! Congratulations, Rogi!!!! Kisses
09/22/2007 | 01:33 PM
BOOYA! Davis Cup should be interesting this year to say the least! Keep it up Roger and good luck! =D
09/22/2007 | 01:02 PM
hey roger, i totally had no doubt that you will be the best.......:)))))
im going to watch davis cup in belgrade, wish you were palying against novak...
lots of kisses
09/22/2007 | 12:35 PM
keep going rogie =)
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