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Federer rallies to beat Rochus, advances to second round

Updated: April 15, 2008, 1:43 PM ET
Associated Press

OEIRAS, Portugal -- Roger Federer rallied from a set down to defeat Olivier Rochus of Belgium 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday in the first round of the clay-court Estoril Open.

The top-ranked Swiss player had 17 aces, but also many unforced errors, against the 80th-ranked Belgian. It was Federer's first match since he started working with coach Jose Higueras, a clay-court specialist.

Federer is struggling through his worst start to a season since 2000 -- the last time he went four ...

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