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Roger back in style

16.10.2008 | Tennis

Roger returned from his five-week break to beat Radek Stepanek (ATP 30), 6-3, 7-6 (6), yesterday in the second round of the Madrid Masters.


"I think I moved with a spring in my step. My feeling out there was positive and confident which is a good feeling to have in the first match which tends to be very tricky," Roger said after the match.


Roger had a perfect start and took a 3-0 lead as Stepanek's serve fell apart. But the world number 30 stepped up in the second set, winning all but one of the points on his first serve, and seized the advantage in the set decider. But our champ did what he can do so well: increase the pressure in critical moments. He rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the tiebreaker with some excellent shotmaking, including a backhand that landed in the far corner on match point. Roger went on to take the tie break 8-6 and the match in one hour and 26 minutes.






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10/17/2008 | 02:43 AM
Roger, that was great! Congratulations! I am so happy for you. Lets tomorrow be another very successful day.
GBY always.
With lots of love and admiration always,
10/17/2008 | 02:25 AM
I really enjoyed. You played so well.
keep in this way
all my love and support
10/17/2008 | 02:12 AM

keep it up
10/17/2008 | 01:44 AM
*** J-S-M

I agree about Ivo. I know that he is working very hard to improve and it shows.

I remeber that, not so long ago, you found him very boring to watch. Today, he was fun to watch, don't you think? I mean besides the fact that he beat Fakov
10/17/2008 | 01:35 AM
I do like the "babyvic" very funny.
I think Ivo's game has improved all around. He does not always win point with an ace but can also return serve from the back court and his volleys are outstanding.

10/17/2008 | 01:27 AM
Roger has just beaten Tsonga...6-4 6-1...Congratiulations Roger...youre first match ever against him!
10/17/2008 | 01:23 AM
Congrats champ!!!! Keep going and going and going and going .........

Luv always
10/17/2008 | 01:18 AM
Go Roger. For us you will be the number 1 forever
10/17/2008 | 01:14 AM
To eeee,
Could you give us a match preview in case
Karlovic meets Nadal in the semi?
Besides Ivo's mental strength, I find that you
have improved your analysis as well.

You played great today, you looked great too.
In fact, you are a grea
10/17/2008 | 01:12 AM
Awesome start. It is great to read your quote. Keep rolling forward. The break did you well. I hope you continue to roll through.
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