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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 | 11:10 PM
......I love you hny!!!!!!!Well done Roger!!!!.......You are simply the best!!!!!!......Good Job!!!!Come on champ!!!!....:))))
10/16/2008 | 11:03 PM
Congrats Roger.
Good Luck for the next match against Del Potro... a tough one
10/16/2008 | 11:02 PM
Kia Ora Roger,
Thank you for a wonderful game against Jo and again some great altercations up and around the net area, and the fact that for most of the match you managed to keep him back off the baseline. Well done Roger and wishing you all the best and
10/16/2008 | 10:56 PM
*** J-S-M
Will you watch Murray-Monfils?
It is so tempting, I like both...
10/16/2008 | 10:43 PM
Roger is playing tomorrow at 4pm,after Monfils/Murray.
So its a rendez-vous with café and croissants:

10/16/2008 | 10:39 PM
Woah!
That simply is a great news! (woot)
Congratz dude!
Rock on! ;)
(He wz lookin really cute throughout the match :P)
10/16/2008 | 10:38 PM
In close-up Ivo looks like a very nice young man. I hope he wins this match.

10/16/2008 | 10:34 PM
Ivo won the first set!!!!!!!!!
Ivo is getting much better at the net.

Go Ivo!
10/16/2008 | 10:30 PM
*** J-S-M
Too much beauty for one afternoon, I agree.
Un magnifique match de Roger, la délicieuse voix de Chico et encore je n'ai rien dit de la nature devant chez moi. Il y a de l'or partout dans les arbres. J'adore la lumière dorée de l'automne. Ci
10/16/2008 | 10:20 PM
Congrats mY Love!! ^^