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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 | 12:52 AM
Congrats Fed!! The worm is out! Tsonga, the talented Frenchmen is next.

Cheering you on from the east coast of the US
>Rebecca<
10/17/2008 | 12:49 AM
Excelent RogerKing!! you were fantastic!!!

Tomorrow you will face a difficult match with Juan Martin del Potro, from Argentina like me, but i think you´re going to control this situation!

Good luck!!
10/17/2008 | 12:36 AM
WELL DONE ROGER
IAM SOOOO SOOOO SOOOO HAPPY FOR U
ROGER FEDERER
U R AGREAT PLAYER ROGER
GO ROGERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
10/17/2008 | 12:23 AM
congratulations roger....

you were very very nice...

your forhand,backhand,serves .... very great

go for the cup Maestro.
10/17/2008 | 12:13 AM
*** eeee

I agree with you that Ivo has improved a lot on the mental strenght. You are right that he used to lose the tie-breaks despite his massive serve.

But I think he has also improved at the net.

I am happy that Fakovic (or Babyvic if you pr
10/17/2008 | 12:07 AM
Fantastic!!

It good to have back on the courts Roger
10/17/2008 | 12:01 AM
**** eeee

Wow, I kind of like your Babyvic!

Thanks for the laugh!
10/16/2008 | 11:53 PM
good job against tsonga. I am very happy.
Hopefuly you do well against del porto.It is also a challenge. I will watch you again on tv and follow your intertvieuw on internet. GO FOR IT AND GOODLUCK. GOD BLESS.
10/16/2008 | 11:53 PM
I do wish I could have seen the matches played today especially Rogers but I know I can always count on you fans to let me know what has transpired. Del Potro is hungry to win so I am sure Roger knows this and will act accordingly. I was surprised to see
10/16/2008 | 11:51 PM
I hope Fakovic's parents learned a lesson in being modest today and stop saying bad comments about Roger like : " the king is dead,long live the king ".

Because guess what ?

At 13 grand slams , the king is just getting started , and he will break e