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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 | 07:35 PM
***JEUX-SET-MATCH***Just got back, dripping with sweat, it's so hot to be playing tennis. You are quite right; fantastic play from both, especially Gasquet-- go, Richard!

***Aggiedoodle***Of course, you can be a bridesmaid! All of you great fans are
06/30/2008 | 07:35 PM
Jeux-set-match,

I like Gasquet so much! I really hope that he can break through this year!
Do you remember that Roger said that he like Richard's game much more than Djoko's and that he would hope that Richard would start winning more according to
06/30/2008 | 07:35 PM
Murray wants it more -- but we don't want this to drag to 5 sets. Nadal is already resting & pumping some ironas well -- out in 3 sets with enough left in the tank.
06/30/2008 | 07:34 PM
waoh!, Safin broke back and will now serve for the first set. What a game. I am not sure if I want Wawa to win cos I don't want him to play Roger cos they r from the same Country, but Safin is still dangerous and going strong, we will see. Murray broken
06/30/2008 | 07:33 PM
Andy Murray is showing a lot of commitment out there. He needs to be able to deal with the pace that comes with the ball-basher though.
06/30/2008 | 07:33 PM
The thing with Nadal is that he doesn't give up on a ball. That can be frustrating. Therefore, have to have a superb serve and a good put-away volley for easy-point wins. Short & sweet is the way to go. No long rallies engagement with him.
06/30/2008 | 07:32 PM
the ugly Tipsy is out...
Murray is very good at the net.. so is Richard
06/30/2008 | 07:31 PM
Gasquet's grace may beat Nadal. You remember Roger said sometime ago, something like that he likes to play French palyers since they have a beautiful form but that Spaniards just hit a ball.

ha, ha, ha, well said.
06/30/2008 | 07:31 PM
Tipsy lost. Now he can go home and he will have plenty of time to read 'Crime and Punishment'... He he! Then he should change the quote on his arms with something that suits him better...
06/30/2008 | 07:30 PM
Whoa looks like Stan broke back!

Tipsy is out. Not sad to see him leave but I thought he could trouble Nadal. Oh well...
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