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A successful start

23.10.2007 | Tennis

Roger shifted his impeccable tennis back on course, but had to survive a scare from Germany’s Michael Berrer (ATP 56) to reach the second round of the Swiss Indoors in Basel today: 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

 

Against Berrer, Roger ran out a pair of love games to start and concluded the rapid-fire opening set in 21 minutes with a clean forehand into the corner. But that was where the tide turned, with Berrer finding a surprise 4-0 lead in the second set with our star able to break back only once, in the fifth game. Roger dropped the set but then stepped up a gear in the third, securing the 4-2 break and finally the set.

 

"I'm through to the second round and I have a day off on Wednesday," said Roger after his victory against Berrer, hulking 100kg and 1.90 metres, wondering what all the fuss was about. "It couldn't be better."

He will next meet Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro or the American Michael Russell.

 

 
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10/24/2007 | 03:20 AM
Congratulations, Roger.
And do your best and run toward the trophy!
Don't forget this is at Basel!
Wish you all the best!
Violetdaisy
10/24/2007 | 02:59 AM
Roger! Good luck my man! It is bad that tennis channel is not hosting it o well. All the best man, can't wait to actually watch you on tv!
10/24/2007 | 02:59 AM
Rogi, I love You, you are the best in the world !! Congratulations for your final en Madrid, great week for you.

Please take care, 1000 kisses only for you. Rog i love you so much, you are my favorite.
10/24/2007 | 02:05 AM
Cher Roger,

Félicitations d'avoir gagné contre Michael Berrer. Je suis tellement contente que vous soyez de retour sur le bon pas!!

Bonne chance dans le tournoi! JE T'ADOOOOOOOORE!!!!

-xox-Émilie-xox-
10/24/2007 | 02:01 AM
Roger, I know that this tournament is an important one for you so best of luck!
GET THOSE 15 SLAMS THOUGH!!!
10/24/2007 | 01:50 AM
Congrats, Roger!

We all love you!
Hope you enjoy your days in hometown?

Keep on going!!! And GOOD LUCK!
10/24/2007 | 01:49 AM
always you are the prince
10/24/2007 | 01:45 AM
Firstly--re email from Kuetschuek 12/10/07
A very good email--I, for one, agree with everything that you said.

Hello Roger
Congratulations on winning 1st round Basel in your country--exciting for both you, and the Swiss who must be very very proud of
10/24/2007 | 01:36 AM
Congratulations Roger!
I hope you will be OK with this surface in next round. Good Luck! You are the best!
10/24/2007 | 01:32 AM
Hi Roger,
Always hard to play in your hometown and country, the people are so demanding.
Just play your game as you did and in the end you won and that is what matters. And I enjoyed the match and the great shots you played again. Congratulations Roger.