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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 | 07:00 AM
Go Roger !!
05/08/2008 | 06:57 AM
i'm so happy that you played so well that match against cañas... i hope you keep on playing so great, and i woud like to wish you a vey very good luck for the rest of the tournament now that our archienemy is out... it's your oportunity of being the champ
05/08/2008 | 06:32 AM
Special Roger,

Karlovic's serve will be blunted on clay, leaving him no weapons against your all around play. I hope you can sew it up quickly so you can rest for the upcoming, tougher matches.

We all believe in you!
Laura from the Lower East Side
05/08/2008 | 06:18 AM
Hey!!! I'm looking foward too see tomorrow your next match!!
05/08/2008 | 05:59 AM
Good luck Roger
i am cheer you on internet .It's very funny and maybe not to see you live in tv.But i feel it and move on you every minute.Come on Roger go on to the next round and concentrate to it.Good luck.
05/08/2008 | 05:07 AM
Hi JEUX-SET-MATCH & other fans. I really feel sorry for Nadal, hope this injury won't get worse. Love to see Roger v Nadal soon. Roger needs some practice against Nadal to see how it is going to work out at FO.

Here is the link for post match interview
05/08/2008 | 04:58 AM
very well roger, you are the best
05/08/2008 | 04:58 AM
very well roger, you are the best
05/08/2008 | 04:44 AM
Nadal lost like a champion...............

After losing 7-5, 6-1 to Ferrero at Rome, Nadal says he was unsure whether he would even be able to play the match because of a painful right foot. "I was in the doctor's yesterday... They put some anesthetic c
05/08/2008 | 04:41 AM
Nadal falls to shock loss on clay

Rafael Nadal suffered "only his second" defeat in 105 matches on clay when he lost 7-5 6-1 to Juan Carlos Ferrero in the second round of the Rome Masters.


I congratulate Juan Carlos, but today for sure was not m