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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 | 09:59 PM
what serves were these too. Roger'll break again in a little while!!!! what a fh again!!!
08/29/2008 | 09:58 PM
Roger has to break here if e wants to win in straight sets. Break him now and stop sailing that forhand wide so e can serve for the match. He has always broken him late so now is the time at 4-4 to break and win and go and rest. He needs it.
08/29/2008 | 09:57 PM
This is good for Rog, Alves keeps testing his backhand, Rog has to get used to that. We'll see, but Rog will get used to it and come thru'

Serve is working well
Love yoiu Rog
08/29/2008 | 09:57 PM
He doesn't look tired -- just breathless at times -- fitness is an issue. He is just waiting to get it done -- but just too close for comfort at this point.
08/29/2008 | 09:56 PM
08/29/2008 | 09:53 PM
Alves I hear is a teenager and Roger just missed another opportunity to break and lead 4-3 Waoh! where is thy strength Roger?
08/29/2008 | 09:53 PM
Yes Roger looks tired. And I truly hope that he will reconsider any extra exebition or anything else and get a rest. Alves is not a bad oponent.
Roger is not attacking like he was on the previous match.
Roger needs to win now and let's do it.
08/29/2008 | 09:50 PM
Alves scream is kinda hurting my ears. Is anyone else experiencing this. It's quite annoying. Can't he keep quiet for a while and reserve his screaming and moaning for the bedroom. Roger is broken and this is really sad. Well I trust that he will have to
08/29/2008 | 09:47 PM
Well -- he knows where he stands the way he has played today. He is doing enough to win, but not enough to win cleanly. Can't rely on serves against top players.
08/29/2008 | 09:47 PM
C'mon Rog I know you can win in 3