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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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10/16/2008 | 11:48 PM
*** Willsson

I think it was Ivo's serves!
This day has been too good!
10/16/2008 | 11:44 PM
It seems Djokovic has lots of growing up to do !!!!
10/16/2008 | 11:42 PM
OK , so Karlovic beat Fakovic , but still I'm not satisfied , tell me why ?

Because quite frankly , the change that has happened this year to Karlovic's game has been mainly in the MENTAL DEPARTMENT.

Not only does he fire a torrent of aces , he gets
10/16/2008 | 11:35 PM
The Djoker's out?! Oh phooey!
Did he happen to blame the Spanish crowd for cheering for Lurch? Or was it his Bird flu or Sars that did it this time? Hmmm.
10/16/2008 | 11:25 PM
Congrats sweety! U are hte BEST!!!
Good luck in the next round!

Djoko's put! Yey!
10/16/2008 | 11:24 PM
THE DJOKER IS OUT!!!!

Bravo, Ivo!! Remember you almost beat Nada in Queen's tournament! I know you still have to meet Simon.
10/16/2008 | 11:22 PM
BRAVO IVO!!
Fakovic is out
Perfect
Today is a very good day
10/16/2008 | 11:21 PM
Bye Bye Fakovic!!!!

76 76 for Ivo!!!!!!!!

Bravo Ivo!
10/16/2008 | 11:21 PM
Well done! Come on Roger!
10/16/2008 | 11:17 PM
Hey Guys,
Unfortunately, I was unable to see the match but it's so great that Roger Tsent Tsonga packing without giving up a Tset, and now poor JW is feeling the effects of the Roger Tsyndrome.

Next up--Del Potro. Good luck Champ. We're always with