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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 | 07:06 PM
Dear takeko,

Thank you so much for your words encouraging all of us fans. We really need these talks now cause seeing Nadal always makes people, including his opponents, nervous.

I myself have had a small question in my mind at times, but I have f
06/30/2008 | 07:02 PM
WOW! Gasquet's backhands!
06/30/2008 | 06:59 PM
You are right, maybe the medical timeout was just gamesmanship from Nadal, similar to what he did in Hamburg. But he did get hurt last year at Wimbledon, so maybe there is something to it? However, he did not seem to suffer much given the way he
06/30/2008 | 06:54 PM
I thinks Tips can challenge Nadal -- I am not sure about Schuet's determination going forth if he were to beat Tips. Murray surely will challenge Nadal if he wins -- I think he has the guns if he stays put in the head department. Gasquet -- ain't too sure
06/30/2008 | 06:53 PM
boting - I agree with you, Safin will be very dangerous.

takeko - I also agree with you. Roger will beat Nadal if they meet in the final. I want Nadal out because I want him to lose points.
06/30/2008 | 06:51 PM
Gasquet/Murray match should be a classic.
I think Gasquet can take Nadal down. Murray could as well depending his moods....
Misha really did not play well today.

But our ROGER THE CHAMP plaid very well when it was important.
06/30/2008 | 06:49 PM
Dear Lord,

Why is there such a person as Nadal in tennis? He is not much of a pleasure to watch to many and is all about brute-force outside of clay. On clay he has all that spin, but even there, its ball-bashing! There is no denying he is a good play
06/30/2008 | 06:44 PM
All fans,

For some doubters, please just send all your energy to Roger, so that he will remain healthy and take Nadal or whoever comes for thr Final. I'm convinced it is Roger vs Nadal unless either is sick. Nadal is playing well, you like it or not.
06/30/2008 | 06:42 PM
I hope somebody takes Nadal out -- I don't want Federer to lose in the final. This is not to say that Federer is not talented or cannot beat Nadal -- I am just not particularly inclined towards Nadal.
06/30/2008 | 06:36 PM
Well, Tipsy is not even in our half so we don't care. He and Murray are our hopes for Nadal. Infact, I think Tipsy might be able to trouble Nadal quite a bit, if he can handle the pace that Nadal puts on the ball with his bashing.