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Australian Open

21.01.2005 | Tennis

Roger won a career-best 24th consecutive match when Jarkko Nieminen retired on Rod Lave Arena with an abdominal muscle tear. Roger led 6-3, 5-2 and had just broken Nieminen's serve for the third time in the set when the 25-year-old Finnish player winced, clutched at his right side and told the umpire he couldn't continue. Nieminen broke Roger’s serve in the opening game. He did it again in the fourth game of second set, but a clean backhand crosscourt winner from in Roger’s subsequent game set the tone for the remainder of the match. Roger will play Spain’s Tommy Robredo (ATP 13) or Marcos Baghdatis (ATP 155), a qualifiyer from Cyprus, in the next round on Sunday.

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