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A narrow victory

14.11.2006 | Tennis

A few moments in his match at the Tennis Masters Cup today, it appeared that Roger would lose against Andy Roddick He was down one set to love and he had a double match point against him in the second set tie break at 4-6.

 

But then, just like many times before, the wheels fell off in Roddick’s attempt to oust the best tennis player on the planet. Roger fought off three match points to win the second set tie breaker and then he cruised in the deciding set to defeat his American opponent 4-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4.

 

"One of the only things I probably would have changed about that point at 6-4 is putting a first serve in," Roddick said. "This won't be the last time I think about that." Roger also agreed that was the turning point.

 

"Early on in the tiebreak already when I was down 4-1 and him serving ... I thought, well, probably not my day, I'm not playing that great and he's not giving me a chance, so I guess that's it.," Roger said afterwards. "But I told myself, you know, maybe I can make him nervous by just staying along and in the match. That's what happened. I don't know if he got nervous or it just went my way in the end, but it was really close, that's for sure," he said.

 

Roger has now extended his winning stretch in round-robin matches at the season-ending championship to 14 and his streak against Roddick to eight. He's 12-1 career against Roddick, who has not beaten our star since the semifinals at Montreal in 2003.

 

Roger will meet Ljubicic on Thursday at 12.00 (Swiss time).

 
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16.11.2006 | 17:44
CONGRATULATIONS ROGER . . . . .!!!
IT WAS A VERY SOLID VICTORY AGAINST IVAN. . . . .NOW TAKE A GOOD REST. . . . .WE DONT WANT YOU TO PERFORM MIRACLES AGAINST NADAL. YOU DONT NEED THEM. ONLY START EARLY TO DEMOLISH THAT INDOMIT BULL . . . .
16.11.2006 | 14:34
I had no doubt in my mind that you'd somehow win that match, no matter how hard Andy fought..I saw him improve a lot since Jimmy became his coach, but even Jimmy himself is nothing compares to you..Masters Cup is in your hands, and I'll be watching you ne
16.11.2006 | 10:34
Hi Roger. I was able to watch that match with Andy. I knew in my heart that you'll get it and I was right...Mabuhay!
16.11.2006 | 10:09
16.11.2006 | 10:08
roger superb....................................

we really enjoyed it ..............................thanx very much for ur play........go roger..........
16.11.2006 | 08:05
Congrats Roger on winning the match from a match point down. Couldn't see the matches. All the best to you. Hope you can win this cup.
16.11.2006 | 07:48
Hi Roger,

I knew you would win. And you are going to hurt Ljubicic tomorrow. Poor guy.

Have fun!

Fraserer
16.11.2006 | 06:22
HI ROGER,

FIRST OF ALL CONGRATULATION FOR YOUR STUNNING WIN OVER ANDY RODDICK.WHEN YOU LOST THE FIRST SET MY HEART STARTED PALPITATING .I BECAME TOO NERVOUS .BUT TO BE FRANK I KNEW THAT ULTIMATELY THE RESULT WILL BE IN YOUR FAVOUR -THE INVINCIBLE ROGER
16.11.2006 | 06:04
Keep going Roger
i love you
XXX
16.11.2006 | 03:03
Good perserverance and mental strength!! Next time you play Andy though...whoop him because he now thinks he's in your league haha. Yeah right!!
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