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First title in 2008

20.04.2008 | Tennis

Roger began his clay season with success as he won his first title of 2008 with a 7-6 (7-5), 1-2 victory as Nikolay Davydenko retired injured at the Estoril Open on Sunday. Our star improved his record against the world number four Russian to a perfect 12-0 as he won only their third encounter on clay.

 

"It's great to win a title, it's fantastic," said Roger. "This will give me great confidence for the rest of the season having won my first clay tournament of the year."

 

The victory was his seventh on the surface and was obtained in challenging, blustery conditions."These were the most difficult of the week," said the Swiss holder of 12 Grand Slam titles. "It was cold as well as windy. This is not the best way to win a match and I'm sorry for Nikolay. But sometimes these things happen."

 

 
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04/21/2008 | 09:42 PM
Congratulations, Roger! You've done it!!! The next step is Monte-Carlo!;) Go for it, our champion! God bless You!
04/21/2008 | 09:41 PM
Salut Roger
Congratulation on your win but more than the win I love to see your movment back (even on clay) and the focus and desire to win in your eyes. YOU CAN WIN THE FRENCH!!! Yes Nadal is tuff but so are you and you want it more than he does. Djokov
04/21/2008 | 08:28 PM
Hi Rog,
Boy oh boy, do you look good in rockin' out red, making perfect backhand strokes every time. It has been cold and windy here also, and I love it. I always thought you do better playing in the cold.
Happy Earth Day (tomorrow, April 22nd). I will
04/21/2008 | 08:26 PM
Dearest Roger,
Congratulations on your first win of the season! We never gave up believing in you! Not only for you, but also for all of us it's great to see you, Roger, the Champ of the Champs be on the sunny side of life again.
Viel viel Glueck fuer M
04/21/2008 | 08:07 PM
Kia Ora Roger,
Congratulations on winning your first title, oh and what a way to celebrate by 'shaking' the hell out of that bottle of champagne. This was certainly worth waiting for, and I hope we get to see more of it real soon. Well done Roger and all
04/21/2008 | 08:05 PM
***Fans, here are some Q&A from the ATP site on the South African Airways ranking. I think they chose the most straightforward way to determine the players rank by using the last 52 weeks, although it may seem a bit odd at times when some tournament chan
04/21/2008 | 07:56 PM
Nice going Roger !
Keep it up champ !!!
04/21/2008 | 07:48 PM
CONGRATS ROGER!!!
I`M SO GLAD FOR U
NOW IT´S YOUR TIME!
04/21/2008 | 07:42 PM
Congrats Roger!
That was a weird way to win, but I guess you'll take it. The conditions were not very good yesterday so I'm glad you didn't have to risk a potential injury in order to win!
Now on to Monte Carlo where surely the conditions will be bette
04/21/2008 | 07:35 PM
Dear Roger, I wrote on the earlier page. I'm sure you'd still have won the match, but Nikolai should have given you the satisfaction of a complete match.
I hope your physicians know their stuff - they took so long to diagnose the mono. Mine was diagnosed