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A solid start in Basel

02.11.2009 | Tennis

Roger's first match after a long break was a strong one. He defeated Olivier Rochus 6-3, 6-4 in Basel today.

 

Roger was asked if his 7-0 head-to-head lead did not make a match like this clear right from the start. But our champ pointed out that as a junior he only rarely had a chance against the Belgian. That was also the reason why he asked Rochus if he would team up with him for the doubles in Wimbledon - and they went straight on to become the junior champs!

 

It was also thanks to his serve that Roger dominated today's match. He broke his opponent to take a 4-2 lead in the first set and one more break to 3-2 in the second was enough to then go on and seal the victory.

 

Roger will meet Andreas Seppi (ATP 38) in the next round on Wednesday. Roger leads the head-to-head 5:0 and has never dropped a set against the Italian.

 

Roger has also decided to enter the doubles competition in Basel. He will play alongside Marco Chiudinelli - the two had worked as ball-boys together during two years at the Swiss Indoors many years ago!

 
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11/03/2009 | 07:57 PM
don't be sad about it Roger.you hit very many beautiful shots today too. and played very beautifully yesterday,you can do it, good luck against A Seppi!
11/03/2009 | 07:55 PM
congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

goooooooooooo roger
11/03/2009 | 07:17 PM
that's nothing Roger, stay calm,those volleys'd have been perfect in a single match!
11/03/2009 | 06:54 PM
Congrats Roger :):)
11/03/2009 | 06:53 PM
Congratulation Rogeer.I was watching the match.I think it was a perfect practice for you.(:
Good luck in the next round.(:

11/03/2009 | 06:52 PM
That's the first hurdle completed Roger, now for the second, just do it!!!!!!!!!!
11/03/2009 | 06:39 PM
11/03/2009 | 06:36 PM
oh gre8.....dats nce......sorry i couldnt c it.......bt congrats.....n best of luck for doubles......
11/03/2009 | 06:20 PM
Way to go Roger!
11/03/2009 | 06:15 PM
yeah, fed! go get 'em!!!

love,
chirp
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