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A terrific start

23.06.2008 | Tennis

Roger celebrated his 60th victory in series on grass today! He launched his bid for a record sixth successive Wimbledon title in blistering style with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 against Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty today.

 

"I could't ask for a better start," said Roger, 39-4 at Wimbledon. "I was consistent all the way and didn't face a break point. I have not lost my serve so far this summer on grass (after winning the Halle title). It's tough opening as the first match but it could not have gone better for me." He won 12 out of the first 13 points, hit a total of ten aces and scored 31 service points, playing convincingly at the net and with his slice.

 

Our star raced through the first two sets in just 58 minutes and then reeled off five straight games to lead 5-1 in the third. The 30-year-old Hrbaty, making his 12th consecutive appearance here, held on to trail 2-5 and then won warm applause from the crowd when he spent the changeover chatting amicably to his opponent on the seat next to the champion. The two are close friends having played doubles together and practised regularly. "Dominik came over and said do I mind if he sat next to me. He said it might be his last Wimbledon. I said it was OK," explained Roger.

 

Next up is Robin Söderling (SWE), against whom Roger has won all six encounters so far - once Söderling was only two points from victory, though (in Halle).

 
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06/25/2008 | 07:48 PM
congratulations roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you were magnificant. good luck in third round.
loveyou
06/25/2008 | 07:45 PM
Roger just won, thank God. He moves on to thrid round. Congrats Roger for fighting off Soderling to win your 61 straight wins on grass and 36 straight wins in Wimbledon. All the best in ur third round match.
06/25/2008 | 07:43 PM
A little scare for our Roger in the third set but he dug out too deep and was able to come around. Soderling was serving for the third set and Roger broke back and held serve. It's tie break now and looks like Roger will win.
06/25/2008 | 07:29 PM
HI ROGER:
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 59 STRAIGHT WINNINGS, BY THE TIME I AM WRITING THIS MESSAGE, YOU MIGHT BE IN YOUR 60 TH. I AM WATCHING YOU AGAINST SODERLING, TWO SETS TO ?, YOU ARE PLAYING THE THIERD SET,
BEST WISHES AND KEEP GOING,

06/25/2008 | 06:41 PM
Guys did u see that? Was Soderling trying to heat Roger with the ball?b
06/25/2008 | 06:40 PM
Derek said to Enberg during Djoko's match that the thrashing by Safin in 2005 against Djoko means nothing and was predicting that Djoko would win hands down, even Gilbert said the same thing, it turns out to be the other way around. To whom much is given,
06/25/2008 | 06:37 PM
Roger working so hard to break Soderling. Had chances though, hope he can convert to go up 4-1 in 2nd set.
06/25/2008 | 06:35 PM
Federer- Soderling Second set 3-1 - Federer holds to 30 - again Soderling is showing little bits of magic - one stunning cross court winner in that game, but Federer is looking right on top of his game and no player can live with him on this form.

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06/25/2008 | 06:27 PM
Oh my God guys, just came back home and saw that Djoko was defeated in straight set. Thank God. The media and Djoko's hype is over. He will even lose some points because he didn't defend his semi final run last year. So being no 2 is still far fetched for
06/25/2008 | 06:13 PM
Federer -Soderling 5-2
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