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Roger right on track

27.06.2008 | Tennis

Roger was at his irresistible best today as he eased past Frenchman Marc Gicquel in straight sets in the first match on Centre Court: 6-3, 6-3, 6-1.

 

"The conditions were difficult again against a tricky opponent who played very aggressively," Roger said. "The wind was swirling and I got down a break early and had to rally back but I think I played really well. Not losing a set (so far) is always nice and I get a couple of days off now and hopefully I will play as well again next week."

 

Our champ looked to have been caught cold after a 90-minute rain delay as he lost his serve in the opening game of the match, but instantly broke back to level the score. Gicquel, the world number 53, was not initially overawed by the occasion and saved a break point in the fourth game, but eventually the unforced errors mounted as Roger also began to find his rhythm, looking capable of raising his game whenever required and wrapped up the victory in 81 minutes.

 

Roger will take on Lleyton Hewitt - holder of the title in Wimbledon before Roger took over the crown - in the fourth round on “Marvelous Monday”.

 

 
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06/30/2008 | 08:03 PM
JEANNE D ARC WAS THE FIRST AND NOW
GASQUET
06/30/2008 | 07:59 PM
There is still clement/Cilic match in progress. Wonder if Clement can do some damage.
Nadal is a pain the rear. I wonder why the balls on the court don't turn into fluff when he hits 'em.
06/30/2008 | 07:55 PM
Just had a look at MaHOT and Stan. What a day of tennis!

Let's hope Roger can win the Battle of Wounded Knee. REMEMBER THE MEDICAL!!!
06/30/2008 | 07:51 PM
Gasquet is showing the superiority of the French over the British as it was throughout history!
06/30/2008 | 07:50 PM
***boting, Tilou, jaan

Omg you guys are just hilarious!! First its boting with his very confident prediction, then Tilou asks if its voodoo and then jaan says Yoga! (Nadal and yoga = joke of the century!)
06/30/2008 | 07:45 PM
Boting,
Re: Nadal's knee
Are you resorting to voodoo?
06/30/2008 | 07:45 PM
Boting - you are funny. If Nadal is standing on one knee he is doing Yoga.
06/30/2008 | 07:45 PM
Tilou
Yes I remember that Roger really like Gasquet's game. Gasquet was a "prodigy" who was totally put off by the french who expected to much from him. He is very independent thinker and it shows on the court
06/30/2008 | 07:42 PM
WONDER IF NADAL CAN STAND ON HIS KNEE
TOMORROW I DOUBT IT
HEADLINES === NADAL QUITS WIMBY DUE TO
KNEE INJURY====

06/30/2008 | 07:37 PM
***takeko

I'm so glad Roger said that! :) Its so true, about the French and the Spanish players. Atleast Gasquet is showing he has a nice game.

***Tilou
Hahaha Tipsy can go read 'Crime and Punishment' LMAO!! :D
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