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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 | 03:00
One of the great tennis i've ever seen. Sure is! A.Rod is at his very best that moment and time but then you were able to manage to win even you were not at your very best. And that was just amazing. Am really proud of you though be careful now coz all of
16.11.2006 | 02:30
I know you won the game, but when i watch the replay, it was still nervewracking!! What an impressive display of quality tennis! A-Rod was playing his best, and you weren't your usual, but still you managed to win. What a comeback, the best ever I've seen
16.11.2006 | 01:02
I hope you beat Nadal this time, you deserve the title.

UP THE IRONS!!
15.11.2006 | 23:43
Dear roger,

I just wanted to wish you all the best for tomorrow against Ivan i know you will do your level best and thats all i ask for i just hope and pray it's abit easier then your last match fingers crossed.

And congrats on getting into the Peop
15.11.2006 | 23:18
Mammamia che paura!
Mi e' quasi venuto un'infarto, gia' mi consolavo della tua eventuale sconfitta e invece .... il Migliore ha sgominato Roddick, come sempre.
Tu Roger sei il Migliore, in tutti i sensi.
Facci ancora sognare Mister Tennis.

marina Re
15.11.2006 | 22:55
My father too, 85 years old, will you know:
YOU ARE THE CHAMPION OF FOREVER AND THANK YOU TO LIVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Goodbye till tomorrow
15.11.2006 | 22:43
Dear Roger,
Congratulations, well done!!
Your defense game was absolutely brilliant, and you stayed calm. I think all us fans were biting our nails. The best to you and your team for the match with Ljubicic.
Your fan,
Angie
15.11.2006 | 22:43
Dude, you made me late for work watching that nail biter, but it was worth it. Congratulations and remember to always........
COME ONNNN!!!!!
15.11.2006 | 21:37
NOOOO MAN, YOU CAN´T BE SO....SPECTACULAR, INCREDIBLE, GENIUS!!! there are not a word to describe you. This time you went to far Roger, i´m so suprising that I can´t belibe that I´m congratulation you because you WON! you won that match.....
I was at sch
15.11.2006 | 19:56
well done federer your the best or how we say in dutch: jij bent de bon
wouter a great fan of you