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Roger struggles into third round

23.04.2008 | Tennis

Roger was two points from an exit from the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday before rallying to beat Spanish qualifier Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 to reach the third round.

 

The world number one was 5-4 and 30-15 down in the third set before his opponent, ranked 137th by the ATP, crumbled under the pressure.

 

He eventually won the tiebreak 7-1, wrapping it up after two hours and three minutes on his first match point when Ramirez Hidalgo sent a forehand wide.

 

"I felt a bit slow out there. He played so badly in the first set that he almost faked me out," Roger told reporters. "But when he served for the match it became tough on him."

 

"I'm disappointed by the way I played but tomorrow is a new match, a new day, a new opponent. And so far, it's six matches and six wins on clay so I'm happy."

 
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04/24/2008 | 04:07 PM
Congratulations Roger
Good luck for the next match up ,most likely D.Nalbandian of Arg...
04/24/2008 | 04:00 PM
The site is to late! Roger has won today with Monfils. A great performence (6-3 6-4). It's a good way to Roland Garros.
04/24/2008 | 03:41 PM
Van Harte Gefeliciteerd.
Hopelijk ga je naar de finale!

Lambert.
04/24/2008 | 03:39 PM
Congratulations ROGER!!!
Do better than this in coming matches!!!!!
Your fans are always behind you.
We love you Roger.
I heard that MIRKA has pregnant.
Is it right???
If it is true,congratulation.
If it is not true,don't angry with me.
LOVE YOU R
04/24/2008 | 03:35 PM
Wow! That was tense! I thought you couldn't come over it. But then, you made it again! Go, Roger! Be the best you can! Love ya
04/24/2008 | 03:34 PM
Hey Roger, congrats on the victory. However, that was close. Don't let your coach screw you up!
04/24/2008 | 03:32 PM
No.....no.....no!!!!!
This isn't Roger Federer!!!
You can't win the Roland Garros if you play like today!!
Roger, play better and win in Monte-Carlo.
I believe in you!!
Andrea
04/24/2008 | 03:28 PM
Dear Roger,

I was not able to see this live but watched it when I could. I was lucky enough to already know the score so I didn't have any heart attacks !

I have to say that I'm so proud of the way you FOUGHT like a lion to come back from the brink
04/24/2008 | 03:19 PM
Congratulations Roger....sweet victory.

I'm off to watch Djoko vs Murray

Wish, yes wish Djoko will get knocked out....
04/24/2008 | 03:12 PM
Congratulations on your win over Monfils.
Next match Nalbandian? Hope you are playing even better than today when you meet him.
good luck .
suzan
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