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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 | 10:07 PM
08/29/2008 | 10:06 PM
Congratulations! He gave you a good fight. I hear you looked tired from those who were able to watch. Get a good rest tonight!
08/29/2008 | 10:04 PM
I'm not able to watch the match tonight - I have only seen a quick glimpse of it. I've got the US Open site open for score updates, but it's a bit slow. What's happening?!
08/29/2008 | 10:04 PM
He finally did it, but Alves fought so hard hanging in there, he never gave up, it's a big moment for him and he will take it from there. I wouldn't say he came close but he did try his best, so Roger willl play either Guccione or Stepanek in the 3rd roun
08/29/2008 | 10:03 PM
what serves and fh!!!! congratulate Roger!!!! very many beautiful shots you had again!!!! and i think strongness and strenght as well!!!! congratulate!!!!
08/29/2008 | 10:02 PM

08/29/2008 | 10:01 PM
Just believe. we are his fans you know!
08/29/2008 | 10:01 PM
I knew it, I said it, he's broken him at the right time and he will now serve for the match. How did he do today? Well, not a perfect start or a perfect match. It's a good test coming from a qualifier. He should learn a lot from this match b/cos he is yet
08/29/2008 | 10:01 PM
OK, now we're rolling. I've called in the heavy artillery--I broke out the Swiss chocolate and called Rudolph back down to watch (he went back to sleep after Rog won the first set).

***Boting, I think you're starting to hallucinate!
(meant fondly).
08/29/2008 | 10:00 PM
now!! serving for the match!!!!
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