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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 | 12:12 PM
You're a great person Rogi!!!! Thanks for being so kind with all your fans yesterday!!! We clearly noticed that you were damn tired... but you spent some time with us signing t-shirts and books anyway!!!
I'll never wash my sweater again :o)

You're si
11/03/2009 | 12:11 PM
Brilliant start Roger!

All the best for your next match!

Take care champ,

All my love and support always,

Sazio xXxXx
11/03/2009 | 12:11 PM
awwwww!!!!dats soooo cute rog!!!!!!!
neway.....gr8 match n congrats 4 a fantastic strt!!!!!!!!!!!
bless u rog.......nw go on n win ur match agnst seppi!!!!!!!!

loadzzzzzzzzz of luv, luk n gus wishes,
-tejal n INDIA!!!!
11/03/2009 | 11:52 AM
Congratulations Roger,
I am so happy for you, go on like this and I'm sure you reach the final!! xx
11/03/2009 | 11:51 AM
Nice to see you back on the court Roger, very nice. Congratz on the first game and keep up the good tenis, i'll be watching all your games, good luck and love you man. C'MONNNNNNNNNN
11/03/2009 | 11:50 AM
Congratss!! Keep winning
11/03/2009 | 11:48 AM
Well done, Roger... you played a stunning opener. Was so good to see you on court again... we've been starved for too long!

Looking fwd to your match on Wed. Good Luck against Andreas..

11/03/2009 | 11:43 AM
Bravo Rog!
Keep on and go for it !
Best regards from Belgrade!
11/03/2009 | 11:37 AM
well done! good luck in the 2nd round.
God bless...
11/03/2009 | 11:29 AM
well..It's so great:x
Gud luck