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Madrid: Roger faces Stepanek

13.10.2008 | Tennis

After a bye in the first round, Roger will play Radek Stepanek (CZE/30) at the Madrid Masters on Wednesday.


Roger holds a 5-2 record over Stepanek, but lost to the Czech in the Rome quarter-finals last May in a pair of tie-break sets. But he got his revenge three months later with a US Open third-round victory.


After Roger's victory in Madrid in 2006, he was beaten in the final by Argentina's David Nalbandian (ATP 7) at last year's event. His potential remaining path to the semifinals includes Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round and either Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG/9) or abovementioned David Nalbandian in the quarters.

Other players in Roger`s half are Andy Murray (GBR/4) and Andy Roddick (USA/6). Rafael Nadal and Novak Djovkovic were placed in the upper half of the draw.



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10/16/2008 | 01:43 AM
what a beatiful day!!!!!!! THE SUN IS SHINY IN PUERTO VALLARTA, MEX. ROGER WON AGAIN!!!!! GO FOR THE #1!!!!!!
10/16/2008 | 01:39 AM
Go Roger Go
10/16/2008 | 01:26 AM
10/16/2008 | 01:24 AM
Hey Guys,
It was so good that Roger "STEPped" all over Gollum aka "the worm" and that he was unable to perform that god-awful worm dance. Precious.

I did not see the match, but from your comments I can glean that Roger played well against a very cap
10/16/2008 | 01:09 AM
Congrats Roger....
Good luck for the next match against a tough opponent Tsonga
10/16/2008 | 12:20 AM
I truly enjoyed the match today as Roger came through in the second nail biting set. Congrats Roger.I'm delighted that you are well rested playin at the top of your gameagain
10/16/2008 | 12:12 AM

What a grand win against the hapless worm! Congratulations--a great start to the tournament. Can't wait for your next match, even though it is against Tsonga, whose tennis I rather like. But I know you will move through! It is so great to kn
10/16/2008 | 12:07 AM
Fantastic news, Rog. So sorry I missed it but CONGRATULATIONS on putting paid to Stepanek good and quick.
10/15/2008 | 11:49 PM
Kia Ora Roger,
Congratulations for the fine win against Stepanek, particularly holding your composure as usual in the tiebreaker of the second set. I was trembling with joy and happiness after your last two fantastic winning phases to win it. Overall I t
10/15/2008 | 11:44 PM
Congratulations, Roger! That match looked to easy.

Good luck and do well in your match vs. Tsonga!
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