Roger is underway in Paris with a fairly comfortably 6-2 7-5 6-3 win against German Tobias Kamke, it wasn't vintage, it wasn't pretty but in the end he got the job done.
There's not a whole lot to say about the match other than it being sloppy from Roger and Kamke gave a decent account of himself. Roger started steadily enough and got an early break, only in true Roger style to relinquish it immediately. Luckily he was still just a touch above Kamke and broke the German in successive games to take the first set 6-2.
In the second set Roger has to fight back from 4-2 down after hitting far too many unforced errors, again he upped his level just a touch and managed to get back on serve eventually taking the set 7-5. By the third set he started playing a little better, still missing a few too many easy balls for my liking but it was a 1st round and he wasn't really tested so it makes it acceptable.
They're never easy, those first rounds. But overall I'm happy I'm through. Sometimes you have to come through when you're not playing your very best. I missed a few too many shots, but I was always in the lead and could afford to do those.
Overall I have to say this was a good start, the only thing that matters for a 1st round is that you win and Roger did that. You can't really take much away from matches like this as in all fairness it will have little to no bearing how he plays in his next match against Ungur.
If we're been critical he made way too many unforced error (47) and was far too casual at the net, something which over the tournament I'm sure will improve. On a side note there were also a few surprise results today that made Roger's draw a little easier – Nalbandian (his potential 2nd round opponent lost) and Feliciano Lopez who he was seeded to meet in the 4th round retired at 5-0 down in the first set with an abdominal injury. It looks pretty likely now that Roger will make the Quarters without too much hassle and I expect him to play Tomas Berdych.
Also I should add that Roger equaled Jimmy Connors record of Grand Slam match wins (233). An awesome effort considering that Roger is only 30 and Connors played well into his 40s.
I love the big tournaments. I have been so successful for such a long time and to already tie that record, at 30 years old, is pretty incredible, so I'm very happy.
Predictions vs. Ungur
Most fans, me included, expected Roger to be up against his old foe David Nalbandian but he was defeated by Romanian Adrian Ungur.
They've never played each other and by reaching the 2nd round here in Paris it's Ungurs best performance in a slam. I expect Roger to cruise in straights, although I'd like to see him up his level a little from today.
I'll say 6-2 6-2 6-4. See you Wednesday!