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Odd sort of match. Llodra had nothing going for him first set, Roger did nothing special there. The second was tighter but Roger really mugged up his service games, and returns as usual, and Mika picked his level up a bit. Seesaw of a tiebreak, but got it done in straights in the end.

Next up for Roger, Feli Lopez.
Good luck Roger, lots of things to sharpen up...
 

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Dubai R1: Federer def Llodra 6-0 7-6(6)

Great 1 set from Roger. Llodra played a lot better in the 2nd and Roger started making some errors.Good TB in the end, Llodra had his chance at 5-4 but Roger was on Mika's 2nd serve to level things.
 

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Weird funny stuff. Llodra's body double in the first set, the second set the real thing appeared but despite Roger making a mess of a lot of his serve games (and the TB), Llodra still wasn't able to take the 2nd set.

Quite a bit of work to do for Roger. 46% first serves (I think that's what it was) in is not going to cut it against the Big Boys. Some cutting out of the UE's should be done, too.
The ROS? Let's not even go there.

A win = a win.
 

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Nice to see some actual attacking tennis. Yet another attacker with Feli Lopez. Is this a great draw or what?
 

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again very low first serve percentage... what's going on with his serve?
 

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again very low first serve percentage... what's going on with his serve?
could his back be bothering him again? he does pull out a few good ones when he needs to though.

he may not be in a tournament-winng form but, regardless, i saw enough entertaining attacking points from both to call this a time well-spent. but then, llodra matches for me are always worth it.
 

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Llodra won more games against fed in one set than Del Po did in the entire match in Rotterdam against Fed. :shrug:
 

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why does he always start matches great and play so badly in 2nd sets
 

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First set was JesusFed, 2nd set was 9to5erer.

Llodra really mugged up that tiebreaker, that shit drop shot on MP was basically giving up.
 

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Fed's gotta improve a lot.

But anyway, a win is a win...
 
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