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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 | 04:38 PM
All the best Mr. Class Act Roger against R. Soderling. Hope you're feeling great and will be playing your best! Feel the love from all over the world that your fans have for you.

I am glad that Djokovic lost too. Just don't appreciate the way his at
06/25/2008 | 04:34 PM
thanks to marat safin
06/25/2008 | 04:33 PM
Dear Roger,

I wish you the best against Soderling. I am cheering for you as always.
I hope you are happy and enjoy yourself!
06/25/2008 | 04:33 PM
bye djokovic.....
06/25/2008 | 04:33 PM
IDIOT SERRRRBBB!!!! SHUT UP FOREVER & TAKE THIS DEEP DOWN TO YOUR STOMACH AND FEEL THE PAIN...YOU ARE NOTHING AND WILL REMAIN AS NOTHING!
GOD BLESS OUR CHAMPION AND PROTECT HIM TILL HE GETS THE 6TH!!! OUR PRAYS WILL GIVE YOUR ARM POWER NEEDED TO SHOOTE
06/25/2008 | 04:32 PM
I obviously expect you to win. But besides the fact that you had a terrific start, my greatest satisfaction came from "the big mouth" Djocovick going down on 2nd. round. Maybe this will humble him a little bit. Keep going. Let's shut everybody's mouth
06/25/2008 | 04:32 PM
OK, this one's for Roger (drawing even breaths and concentrating)...Roger, I think you are more in harmony with the wind gods, but all good luck and love for your match with Soderling. Just tap that wonderful tennis life source you have and it will all f
06/25/2008 | 04:30 PM
Now we have to wait for a Nadal upset on the other side -- Gasquet, Roddick etc are there, hope they can do some damage in the later rounds.
06/25/2008 | 04:29 PM
Roger....
Wish you all the best against R.Soderling...
Take one match at a time.....every player has potential...Never underestimate your opponent.
Go Roger Go....
06/25/2008 | 04:28 PM
ALL our focus, energy, love and good vibes for Roger in the next couple hours...
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