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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 | 06:01 PM
Livestream, Roger vs Sod, in case anyone needs it:

http://www.justin.tv/eminem15
06/25/2008 | 05:56 PM
Freaking ESPN! Imagine Roger is playing and they're showing Serena's match. I like Serena, but, HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
06/25/2008 | 05:44 PM
Yes the favorite no2 Djokovik is crushed by Marat Safin.

Many MEDIA don't know about sports. They should appreciate the CONSISTENCY/tennis excellence for almost 5 years of Roger.

This is a big lesson to the media. Djoko win AO because Roger has an
06/25/2008 | 05:36 PM
Roger....
The windy conditions are creating havoc on the court.
So...plese....try not aiming for the lines...it could blow your ball long or wide.....
Play your game....
06/25/2008 | 05:33 PM
Can't believe it! Gonzo is down two sets to Bolelli!
06/25/2008 | 05:31 PM
Oops!! Sveta just won.

ROGER SHOULD BE ON SOON!!!

GO ROGER GO ROGER GO ROGER GO!!!!!!
06/25/2008 | 05:29 PM
Well, Sveta should be wrapping up her match soon - Roger may be on in 1/2 hour or so...
06/25/2008 | 05:20 PM
*** brilliantroger
Thanks so much for this link:
*** TENNIS CHANNEL VIDEO INTERVIEW - Macatee and Martina N.
http://www.thetennischannel.com/sys_media/flash/vt_WP1.html

Such a good interview! So respectful of Roger. I loved it!
06/25/2008 | 05:18 PM
Wow!! The veteran Dechy is clinging on by her fingernails against Ivanovic - she had two match points in the 2nd set. Now 6-7 in third - no t/b.
06/25/2008 | 04:52 PM
Roger....
Keep your focus on the upcoming match & not get distracted by the upset of Djoko by Safin...
Bring yourself there on the center court..later today...One match at a time....Roger..
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