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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 | 09:47 PM
God! what is Roger up to today? doesn't seem to be winning convincingly. He will eventually win this matc but this Brazillian guy would have worn him out. Too many missed oportunities and now he is about to break him.
08/29/2008 | 09:45 PM
GOOOOOOOOOOOOO CHAMPION
GOOOOOOOOOOOOO ROGER
08/29/2008 | 09:43 PM
YOU GUYS AND DOLLS KEEP PAMPERING
ROGER FEDERER AND WE WILL BE ALL
DISAPPOINTED AGAIN BE CAREFULL........
ROGER IS NOT HUNDRED PERCENT FOCUSED
AT HIS TENNIS HE IS DOING TOO MUCH
PR REMIND ME WHAT SAMPRES TOLD
WHEN HE WAS PLAYING OTHER GUYS WENT
CH
08/29/2008 | 09:42 PM
powerful serves!!!
08/29/2008 | 09:41 PM
***Tilou - He really needs a rest - his footwork is a step slow. Jim Courier suggested he take off the period between USO and TMC. He will lose ranking points, but it may be just what he needs to fully recover his speed, so essential to his game.

Tryin
08/29/2008 | 09:40 PM
Sheesh, guys, lighten up! Alves has hardly made a dent in Roger's service games. Roger is still in sucky year syndrome, but has things well in hand, nonetheless, even with all the errors. Alves has looked winded. I'm feeling OK about things.

Cheers
08/29/2008 | 09:40 PM
I do hope this will be over soon as Roger looks a wee bit tired. I am sure he is ready for it to be done with. But I think he will win.
08/29/2008 | 09:37 PM
GREAT?!?!?!? It's about freaking time!!!
08/29/2008 | 09:37 PM
amazing return was that!!!! amazing one!!!!
08/29/2008 | 09:36 PM
J-S-M,

I think Roger looks somewhat tired. Paganini said Roger was always tired in Beijing and he had a hard time with his footwork because of that.

I think that Roger needs a break and maybe he will take one after the UFO. We would miss him but