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-★-★-★- Madrid Masters: Return of Clayerer -★-★-★-

Roger is back. :cheerleader: Back on clay. :cheerleader:

Here's the draw (somewhat old version; Tsonga is out, for one).
 

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Here's Roger at a players' tribute for David Ferrer.


 

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Thanks Kat. Oh it will be a test with Thiem who is riding on good form. Anyway just happy to see him playing again.

Thanks for opening the thread
 

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Roger plays today vs Gasquet. Good luck, Roger! :cheerleader:
 

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I think it’s scheduled for 3am my time. I’m too knackered to wake up early for this match

Go Roger!
 

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Good start for Federer. Serve was great throughout and the ground strokes looked good for the most part. Those two dropshots towards the end of the Set 1 were sumptuous. True tests begin next round though. Will be interesting to see how he handles Thiem if both meet.
 

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^^ thanks for the analysis. It makes me hopeful. I hope to be able to stay up late for this R3 match. Madrid is proving to be such a tough draw.

Go Roger!
 

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Scheduled for 10 am here -- not really a great time for me.

Good luck, Roger! :cheerleader:
 

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I saw quite a bit of the match, which started deceptively well for Roger, but became a really tight contest. He came back from 0-3 down in the third set and played a good tiebreak for his 1,200th career win.

Here's a post-match interview:

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I'm quite surprised I still have fingernails left after that one, TBH!
 

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Re: -★-★-★- Madrid Masters: Return of Clayerer -★-★-★-

Holy cow, what went on there? :surprise:

I saw the beginning of the match before leaving for work. It was great to see an early lead, but I didn't think too much of it: Monfils was unprepared and leaking errors, Roger was just solid. It was 4-0 when I left. I knew that Monfils could potentially just put the bad set out of his mind and that it could all mean nothing for the second set.

By the time I got to work and had a moment to check the scores, Roger was down 1-4 in the third set! :unsure: By the time I could obtain a livestream, he had battled back to erase that break, but was then facing BPs/MPs ahead of the TB! I saw him save those & then win the tiebreak.
 

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With this R16 win against Monfils, Roger has reached 1,200 match wins. :bigclap:
 

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No chance to watch the match today -- and I stayed away from even checking scores until late into the afternoon. :p When I finally did look at the score, I knew it meant there were missed match points. :crying:

But it seems like Roger did play pretty well overall, and it was a good result for first time back on clay in 3 years. He's in the Rome draw... I wonder if he will play.
 

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