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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 | 05:54 PM
***Hey sheleo

Yah hopefully Youzhny will keep coming to the net and Nadal will miss ... *sarcastic voice* So seems like Nadal's knee is all better again?
06/30/2008 | 05:48 PM
***boting

Lol your comments are sometimes so funny, you speak with so much sarcasm and it also seems like you're saying it really strongly (because you write in caps I guess?)

But seriously, I was also shouting here when Rusedski said that Nadal is
06/30/2008 | 05:47 PM
***Tilou, souji5, boting***At least when Youzhny comes to net, he wins the majority of points. Something for Roger to see.
06/30/2008 | 05:42 PM
WHAT A COMMENT FROM THAT RUSEDKS
SAYING THAT NADAL IS PLAYING THE BEST
TENNIS IN THE WORLD HE IS IN HIS COMMENT
EXACTLY HOW HE PLAID HIS TENNIS
GARBISH AND SECOND I THINK YOUZNY
WILL BE SOON HOME DRINKING WODKA
06/30/2008 | 05:42 PM
WHAT A COMMENT FROM THAT RUSEDKS
SAYING THAT NADAL IS PLAYING THE BEST
TENNIS IN THE WORLD HE IS IN HIS COMMENT
EXACTLY HOW HE PLAID HIS TENNIS
GARBISH AND SECOND I THINK YOUZNY
WILL BE SOON HOME DRINKING WODKA
06/30/2008 | 05:40 PM
Hey guys,
Do you remember that it was in Wimbledon last year that Nadal first got his knee taped? Maybe there is something about the way he moves on grass that is causing him problems?
06/30/2008 | 05:38 PM
Where is the Youzhny game that won two sets last year?!! :-|
06/30/2008 | 05:35 PM
***boting***No problem! I should have confirmed it on the atp site before saying it. As soon as I sent it, I thought, "Wait a minute. No. I think it was the French." And I even watched the match. It's just that they were so close together and it see
06/30/2008 | 05:32 PM
SORRY SHEELO I WAS JUST BUSY WITH
MY MEAL SO I SAW THE COMMENT A LITTLE
TOO LATE FORGIVE ME
06/30/2008 | 05:25 PM
Nadal has won the first set against Youzhny. I want him to loose here and not go further. He is a threat to Roger.