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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 | 06:34 PM
I can't stand it - YouzhNOT should have let Stepanek win - he'd have put up more of a fight and discombobulate Nadal.
06/30/2008 | 06:33 PM
HELLO PEOPLE

FORGET ABOUT LOPEZ AND TIPSY

BEWARE OF SAFIN
06/30/2008 | 06:33 PM
***amarc

Yea totally. Youzhny seems to have completely given up. Its such a pity.
06/30/2008 | 06:28 PM
Youzhny is a total patsy! He's just bending over for Nadal. Lopez is going to win and Tipsy is loosing!
06/30/2008 | 06:27 PM
Wow..Lopez won the tie-break...Baghdatis is out...
06/30/2008 | 06:20 PM
NADAL YOUZNY

H O O D O O CONTINUES
06/30/2008 | 06:03 PM
SARCASM I AM NOT AWARE OF IT BUT
I CANNOT STAND IT THAT THIS YEAR EVERY
COMMENTS I HEARD ARE ALL TO MAKE FEDERER UNCERTAIN I DONT LIKE IT AT ALL

AND BY THE WAY I JUST HEARD AN INTERVIEUW OF FEDERER HE TOLD
HE WAS NERVOUS DURING THE MATCH
BECAUSE
06/30/2008 | 06:00 PM
I don't think Roger will have any problems making it to the finals...but him and Rafa at each other again, will Federer still be better? I don't know, I really hope so. Both of them, in my opinion are at their best during this Wimbledon, so it should be i
06/30/2008 | 05:58 PM
***J-S-M***Like you, I think Gasquet can take Murray. Let's hope so. I don't dislike Murray, but Richard's game is so classic and beautiful.

I'm off to play tennis myself, will be back to watch Andy/Richard.
06/30/2008 | 05:58 PM
Meanwhile, elsewhere, there is another match in progress in which BOTH players are playing tennis and the balls are being shown mercy. Baghdatis vs. Lopez has gone to five sets.

Schuettler vs. Tipsy: one set all.