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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 | 06:05 PM
simply the best roger!
axel from paraguay
05/08/2008 | 06:02 PM
Congratulations Roger!!! You are the best!!!!!!!!! Good luck with Stepanek ! Keep cool! Ludmila from Poland
05/08/2008 | 06:02 PM
In spite of the fact that Karlovic always kills the others play Roger has made his own (as always!)! Nice! Lots of nice forehands, backhands and serves! And returns!!!!!! I must tell you, you have the nicest play i've ever seen in world's tennis! With you
05/08/2008 | 05:59 PM
Great Rog! One more win for you against Ivo. I didn't get to watch the game live, but I'll watch the taped broadcast when I get home.
I think you still have to improve on 1st serve (although you won 81% of points) and you served only 2 aces.
Your 2nd %
05/08/2008 | 05:59 PM
Hey Roger, Just saw on live scoring where you won the match against Karlovic. Congratulations!!! I can see now how determined you are to win this tournament and to go on winning from there. I am so proud of the way you are playing. You are magnificent!!!!
05/08/2008 | 05:57 PM
Roger,

You broke the big server Karlovic twice! And you had so many more breakpoints against him! Great results! I am so proud of you!

What is so good also is that you were done quickly without exhausting yourself. You still have so much more te
05/08/2008 | 05:57 PM
Congrats on your victory...looking good. I was sorry to see rafa lose...i want to see another showdown. keep it up champ
05/08/2008 | 05:54 PM
C'mon Roger !!
You are the best. Stepanek is next!
Your fan no 1 from R. Macedonia !!
05/08/2008 | 05:53 PM
HE WON IT HE WON IT~~~

the serve stats are pretty scary though,
12 aces from karlovic against 2 from Roger.

and both of Roger's aces were on second serve, witty witty tactics! :)

mmm, usually it's just Roddick that gets these serve stats against
05/08/2008 | 05:51 PM
congrats rog on your win against Karlovic.

Meeeeeeen that was good.

All the best against Stepanek. I know you will beat him.

GOOO RRRROOOOOOGGGGGEEEEEEERRRRRR
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