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An excellent start

06.05.2008 | Tennis

Roger got by a challenging opponent today, beating Guillermo Cañas (ATP 30) of Argentina 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the Masters in Rome.

 

“It was our first meeting on clay,” our champ said. “I played well this spring in Estoril and Monte Carlo. It's always tough against him, I'm happy to win my first round in Rome.”

 

Roger made an assured start, breaking his opponent in the middle of the first set before producing two aces and a delightful drop shot to hold his serve to love at the end of it. The Argentine came closest to breaking his opponent in the sixth game of the second set, when Roger was lucky to save a break point with a net-cord winner. He then went on to break Cañas's serve twice in winning the last three games.

 

“I'm continuing to play well here, I'm on a good run. I had a good final in Monte Carlos against Nadal. Rafa remains the guy to beat, he's played extraordinarily over the past few seasons. But I hope I can get into position against and close the deal this year,” Roger added.

 

Next up is one day of rest before Roger meets either Potito Starace (ITA) or the winner of the match between Ivo Karlovic (KRO) and Gstaad-winner Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA).

 
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05/08/2008 | 07:31 PM
Congratulations for another good win!

Be careful of Stepanek. He beat claycourter Igor Andreev in straight sets on clay in Russia during the recent Davis Cup.

It would have helped Roger's clay-court season more if he had met claycourters like Ferrer
05/08/2008 | 06:53 PM
Kia Ora Roger,
Well done today against the big serve of Ivo, you were very patient but at the same time assertive and aggressive; and in the end you reaped the rewards. Keep the 'good run ' going and look forward to your encounter with Radek. Kia Kaha (B
05/08/2008 | 06:49 PM
Oh, i forgot to say that what a pity the ball-bouncer's not out today, pity for Almagro too, it must take him a long time to win as he has to wait till the ball bouncing ends. haha!!! :)
05/08/2008 | 06:39 PM
Good luck Rog diddly dodge, for the next match xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
05/08/2008 | 06:37 PM
Congrats!!!!! I am sooooooo proud to one of your fans, you performed marvellous today against Karlovic, since he is such a super server, nevertheless u still broke 2 games from him. It didn't seem difficult for u to win the match, although he served 12 Ac
05/08/2008 | 06:26 PM
Congratulations! Great game! Sill have to improve your 1st serve, though.
Watch out for Stepanek, and please, it´s so nice to see you smile!So....SMILE!
05/08/2008 | 06:19 PM
hey idol... sorry its a late comment but im glad to hear ur at a great start. keep going!! im proud of u!!

~kim
05/08/2008 | 06:15 PM
Roger,

Congratulations! You won against that big server! I couldn't watch your game, but watched the live scores on my PC. It's past 1 a.m. Japan time but I'm still wide awake!
Keep on this good run and get this tournament!
God bless!

(So sorry
05/08/2008 | 06:14 PM
bravo roger!! così si fa! poi tanto in finale non incontrerai rafa, visto che é squalificato ;) un problema in meno :) continua così, ti tengo i pugni, campione! un bacioo tvttttttbxs :*
05/08/2008 | 06:12 PM
now, destroy stephanek
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