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Roger battles into next round

28.05.2009 | Tennis

Roger survived a bumpy ride today to advance to the third round of the French Open. He defeated José Acasuso 7-6(8), 5-7, 7-6(2) and 6-2.

 

"It was really tough," Roger said. "The first three sets could have gone either way." Roger had to deal with some rather tough moments, not making it easy for himself in the first set, but eventually taking it to a tiebreak where he saved four set points and finally took the set with a dropshot. Our champ was even 5-1 down in the third set but fought back in great manner, saving a set point at 5-2, taking five games in a row and snatching the tie-break in the end. This broke the Argentinian's resistance and Roger scored a neat 6-2 in the final set to win the match.

 

Next up is France's Paul-Henri Mathieu or Spain's Pablo Andujar on Saturday.

 
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05/30/2009 | 08:34 PM
So cute to hear Roger speak in French. He complimented his opponent, talked about the difficult windy and shadowy conditions but then again it was the same for both players. Good going he is into the next round.
05/30/2009 | 08:33 PM
Yet another scare, glad it's over so that I can breathe for christ's sake. What a match! Mathieu really put up a fight, but it wasn't meant to be. Roger beginning to get comfortable with 4 sets, that's not ok by any means but for me, a win is a win and I
05/30/2009 | 08:33 PM
not great play but win is a win.... 76 winners including services... it's the best match that I could watch in roland garros 2009..
05/30/2009 | 08:32 PM
WOO-HOO!!!! Thank you, God, thank you!!

Phew... That was a nail-biter!

ALLEZ, ROGERRRR!! Don't underestimate Tommy.
05/30/2009 | 08:30 PM
YES YES YES HE DID IT!!!! not the 6-2 that I predicted but he did it! GO ROGER!
05/30/2009 | 08:29 PM
Lovely - ACE!
05/30/2009 | 08:28 PM
This game is making me crazy.......
05/30/2009 | 08:28 PM
YES Mathieu hits it in the net. Come on Roger!
05/30/2009 | 08:26 PM
rtlvr*** I totally agree with what you have posted. Roger is the best and that is all there is to it.
05/30/2009 | 08:26 PM
No room for error now Roger. Play smart pls.