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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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14.11.2006 | 22:53
Roger,
I actually was late for work this morning because I could not tear myself away from the TV. You had just won the second set in a tie break and I had to see the third set. You were amazing even though it looked like Andy was at his best level ever
14.11.2006 | 22:46
Dear Roger,
Congratulations on your win! I got up at 6am to watch and I must admit to going to work exhausted from the tension. I hope you know how much we all pull for each victory! Best of luck for the rest of the tournament.
Deb
14.11.2006 | 22:46
Well done Roger! What a close match.. good luck for the next match againt Ivan Ljubicic.
14.11.2006 | 22:41
Congratulation Roger!!!
It was amazing the way that you faced the tough moments on tie-break in the second set. I think is there where you really won the match, it's unbelievable your calmness to avoid the three match points that Roddick had and finally
14.11.2006 | 22:34
Great victory, you deserve this title!!!
14.11.2006 | 22:23
Dear Roger,
I'm so proug of you!
You did wonderful job!
Good luck against Ljubicic!

You can do it!

GO!GO!GO!!!!!!!!
14.11.2006 | 22:21
Hello Roger
What a brilliant match and huge amount of congratulations for winning--worthy of a final match!
Both your physical & mental strength second to none.

In post round 1 interview you said" you have to overcome ALL these difficult obstacles[r
14.11.2006 | 22:20

Well....that was cooool....
No, I wasn't worried, hell no!
Well fought, my beamish boy.
Best of luck with Ljubicic on Thursday.
Love forever,
Daley xxx
14.11.2006 | 22:17
You are truly the best !!!!
Love you,
Lana -oxxo-
14.11.2006 | 21:56
clap clap!!..very good Roger!!..