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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 | 01:39 PM
Balance has been restored in the tennis world as our Swiss Star returns to the courts with a beautiful display of tennis in his first round match against Olivier Rochus.

Looking rested, healthy and joyful, Roger again danced on the courts with such ele
11/03/2009 | 01:29 PM
Dear Roger,

Great Match!!
I was really happy to see you on court after almost 1.5 months off :)
Good luck for next match

Take Care
Yashwant Sonwaal
11/03/2009 | 01:19 PM
Good job!
Hope can see you to get another champion!!!
11/03/2009 | 01:19 PM
Well done on your win - I think it's VERY COOL you're going for a spot of doubles!
11/03/2009 | 12:56 PM
Hi Rog, Great start after you well deserved break. Pity that Eurosport aren't covering the tournament in Basel!.
11/03/2009 | 12:35 PM
Congratulations, Roger.VAMOS POR MAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
11/03/2009 | 12:27 PM
good serve
11/03/2009 | 12:26 PM
Roger ,you will win it ,so long time haven't see you ,but you are the best ! ?,?,???!
11/03/2009 | 12:20 PM
GOOOOOOOOOOOO ROGER!!!! :)))))))))
11/03/2009 | 12:19 PM
Dear Roger
If I can use Dinora's words:' Thank God it's Monday'- thank you for the beautiful play and the win! I enjoyed it very much, you played well and we are happy to see you back! I pray for you to stay fit, everything will be successful only if you