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Roger eases into next round

21.01.2009 | Tennis

Roger cruised into round three of the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Evgeny Korolev. He will next face another Russian in Marat Safin, who beat him in the 2005 semifinals.

 

"I'm happy to be playing Marat," Roger said. "We've had some battles over the years."

 

Today's victory saw our champ move above Boris Becker into seventh place for the most open era grand slam match wins with a 165-25 win-loss record. The first set took just 28 minutes as Roger got two early breaks, thanks largely to the 20-year-old's 15 unforced errors, to go 5-1 up and then claim the first set 6-2. His opponent showed plenty of tenacity and at times a little audacity, to extend the rallies but ultimately it was futile. The second set went with serve until the eighth game when Roger got the breakthrough and then served out for the set and he broke the Russian twice early in the third to race to a 4-0 lead. Korolev held to make it 4-1 but with the youngster's unforced error count mounting Roger closed out the game with ease in one hour 27 minutes.

 

Roger has beaten Safin nine times but lost out in a classic semi-final at Melbourne Park in 2005, when the Russian claimed the title.

 

 

 

 

 
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04/06/2009 | 02:47 AM
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.THE FACT THAT FEDERER SMASHED HIS RACKET SHOULD SHOW THE PUBLIC -AND HIS SISSY FANS- THAT FEDERER IS JUST A PRICK WITH NO MANNERS WHATSOEVER....



I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THAT HIS FANS FALL FOR HIS IMAGE OF NICE BOY WHO CRIES HIS HEART OUT EVE
01/23/2009 | 05:23 PM
***iel (p 13) - Thank you! :)
01/23/2009 | 03:35 PM
Congrats, Roger, on the win over Safin! All those folks predicting an upset don't know our Champ! If there's one thing you know how to do, it's get in the finals of GS tournaments. I know it's not easy, but you bring us amazing, beautiful, successful t
01/23/2009 | 02:56 PM
thank you for listening to your fans denying the ATP board of directors position,this very smart,congratulations for your win over Safin,i wish you all the best of luck against Berdych,you have 7-1 record against him hopefully it will be 8
01/23/2009 | 02:47 PM
Congratulations Roger I didnt sleep to see your match, just a very nice match, all your beautiful tennis was on court I hope next will be another victory!!!!!!!
01/23/2009 | 02:20 PM
peRFect!!! and you didn’t even face a break point...
Keep it up, Roger! Keep your foot on the gas until you’re lifting that trophy at the end. Rod Laver will be there next week supporting you too. What a great pleasure to watch you play-you can't even i
01/23/2009 | 02:11 PM
Congratulations, dear Champion!
Great Match!
Good Win!
Defeat Safin, too!
Smile!
01/23/2009 | 02:11 PM
Congratulations, dear Champion!
Great Match!
Good Win!
Defeat Safin, too!
Smile!
01/23/2009 | 02:04 PM
Dear Roger,
Great game, kol hakavod
Dash
Yaniv.
01/23/2009 | 02:00 PM
congratulations on your match with marat safin. great tennis! we were watching in awe!!!
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