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A good start

27.08.2008 | Tennis

Roger opened his bid for a fifth successive US Open title with a straightforward 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 victory over Argentina's Maximo Gonzalez in the opening round.

 

"The Olympic doubles gave me a great lift," Roger said after the match. "I'm really inspired and motivated to do well here."

 

Our champ, who last year won his 12th Grand Slam title with victory at Flushing Meadows to move within two of Pete Sampras' record, was clearly at home on the Arthur Ashe Stadium hardcourt, defeating world number 118 Gonzalez in one hour 21 minutes. Roger broke Gonzalez in the eighth game and took the first set comfortably before winning the second set without dropping a game. Gonzalez lost his opening service game in the third set, but broke back immediately before Roger regained control with a break in the seventh game.

 

Next up is Brazilian Thiago Alves, the world number 137, who beat Chile's Paul Capdeville in five sets.

 

 

 
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08/29/2008 | 10:17 PM
****MARYCORBIN***

MY DEAR I AM SERIOUS AND WORRIED
HE LOOKS VERY TIRED AND THERE IS
SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIS REACTION
HE REACT SOMETIMES SLOW AND ALSO
HE IS MAKING WRONG DECISION IN HIS
SHOT MAKING AND THOSE UNFORCED
ERRORS I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY
08/29/2008 | 10:13 PM
Congratulations Roger!
You won the stratght sets.
Good Luck in the next match!
08/29/2008 | 10:13 PM
I don't think he looked tired. Just because he is making a lot of unforced errors doesn't necessarily mean he is tired. There was a lot of wind and Roger obviously was struggling anyways so the wind just made it tougher. Anyways, congrats on the win and g
08/29/2008 | 10:12 PM
Roger, a win is a win! At the end of the day, you did enough to get the job done.

Well done, Alves. You should be proud of yourself.

Rog, we love your sweet smile at the end of the match...

I'm sure you'll pick up your game for the next round, w
08/29/2008 | 10:11 PM
Mr Alves played very very well , it was good that Mr Federer's serves were coming!
08/29/2008 | 10:10 PM
Good going -- got it done. Next round will be tough one -- Stepanek or guccione.

Practice & some more of the same will yield wont 'good old federer'.
08/29/2008 | 10:09 PM
NEXT MATCH ROGER FEDERER MUST PLAY
LIKE IN 2005/2006 BECAUSE
IT WILL BE THE W O R M OR THAT PLAYER
WHO SERVES BULLITS GUCCIONE HEWITT'S
DOUBLES COMPANION
08/29/2008 | 10:08 PM
Hey Roger!

Congratulations!

You got the work done in straight sets and you are through to the 3rd round. It will be, as you once said, another day, another opponent. One match at a time.

My best wishes for the next match!

Love you.
08/29/2008 | 10:07 PM
YES!! Thanks pokah22 for the update.

Congratulations Roger. Rest up, and come out for the 3rd round all guns blazing! Good luck.
08/29/2008 | 10:07 PM
Hi All,

That was a very entertaining match. Alves was terrific! Our champ got through in three!

I'm forming a hypothesis over several weeks now that Roger is not seeing his opponents balls as well as before mono. But there were some great shots i
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