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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 | 11:24 AM
grekor...

I don't think this is and advantage to Nadal at all and a disadvantage to Roger. roger needs all the playtime on clay he can get and I'n not worried about his fitness. Roger is healthy again and he is ready! Say Roger reaches the finals in Ha
05/08/2008 | 10:39 AM
Love you Roger! Congratulations! it was a well deserved victory!!!!!!!!!
05/08/2008 | 10:17 AM
Now that Nadal is out, we shall see if Roger is still motivated to win this tournament.
It is important to win it but we have to remember that Nadal will be fresh in Hamburg, and if they meet there in final, Roger has to play a lot of matches (if he want
05/08/2008 | 09:43 AM

hi:
to Cleocat i toltaly agree with what you said, i'm not sorry for not nadal, when roger didn't make it in AO he could've been number 1,that was ironic 10 Consecutive slams finals for roger and he was threatened by not making it once, Nadal is nothin
05/08/2008 | 09:36 AM
Hi Rog,

All the best against Karlovic today.

You've beaten him 5 times already, you can do it again.

I pray God will help you.

GO RRRRRROOOOOGGGGGGGEEEEEEERRRRRR
05/08/2008 | 08:56 AM
Sorry for Nadal??? Nadal complaint about the clay-court schedule this year. Why then did he play in the doubles at MC? I'll tell you why. Geed! He wanted to close the gap between himslef and Roger and if that is more important to you than your health you
05/08/2008 | 08:38 AM
Black king you are the best and you can win a Rome. You are the best of the best!!!!!!!!
05/08/2008 | 08:23 AM
today was one of the happiest day since long time ,and to see rafa lose the first round.i don tfeel sorry for rafa .actuaally i wish he retires .because of him roger could have won 8 slams in a row.i mean seriously ,nothing personal against the guy ,but i
05/08/2008 | 08:09 AM
great win roger ,he was so lucky in miami when he won .it was good to see him run like a mouth left and right hahaha.u played superb tennis .i am so happy for u and hope all this mono is in the past and u are back in good form.
good luck on ur next match
05/08/2008 | 07:02 AM
I'm waiting for you very much! I'll be here by lunch time!