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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 | 04:24 PM
This is what happens if you talk too much! What a brat! The guy can't even make it past the second round and the media were already talking about a Nole-Nadal final! What a bunch of miserable losers! Go eat dirt guys! Roger is the undisputed KING and he w
06/25/2008 | 04:24 PM
Holy Mackerel, I just saw Safin whip Djokovic. Good for him!! Am anxious to see you Roger beat Soderling today. GO ROGER!!!!!
06/25/2008 | 04:21 PM
Borg must be very disappointed now that one of his favourites is gone.
06/25/2008 | 04:21 PM
Good morning Rog Fans!

WOO HOO! Can you believe this? It's not that I don't think Roger can beat the other top players, and I have confidence that he can win Wimbledon if he has to knock off #2 through #8, but, OMG, does it ever feel good to see the
06/25/2008 | 04:19 PM
Hi guys Safin won the match in stright sets. Stupid high headed guy is gone. Talking too much too early and faced the result
06/25/2008 | 04:19 PM
Let's hear what the media has to say now!!!! Eat CROW!!!
06/25/2008 | 04:19 PM
Djoko talked the talk but he did not walk the walk!

He should have been worried about himself instead of telling the media that Roger was worried about him!

Not as easy as he thought becoming number One.... even becoming number Two is not so easy!
06/25/2008 | 04:14 PM
YES!!!!!!!!!!!! ON THE 4TH MATCHPOINT!!!!!!!!

Why did he hug Djoko??? Whatever, big mouth is shut up for now!!!

06/25/2008 | 04:14 PM
YES I AM SO HAPPY!!! DJERKO LOST!!! *3 cheers*, thank you marat safin!!! wow, i never thought 3 sets to 0, i thought maybe 4 setter, but hey surprises do happen.

COME ON ROGER, best of luck against the swede soderling later 2day... :)
06/25/2008 | 04:13 PM
Safin won 6:4 7:6 6:2.
Anybody feeling sorry for Djokovic?