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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 | 21:53
It was funny when I was comparing James Bond with you after today's game, one of your fans from England did post a message that mentioned James Bond.

James Bond never dies. You are the 007 in the Masters Cup!
14.11.2006 | 21:49
*whew* That was a nail-biter! When you were down matchpoints in the tiebreak, I was telling myself "oh well, this loss won't hurt him - he can still make the semis" but then I told myself "stop it, he can still win this because Roger is never out until
14.11.2006 | 21:47
That was a close shave, Rog. Hopefully, Roddick's new determination and confidence aren't scaring you TOO much! In the end, though, you won, and that's why you're World No. 1 and the owner of 9 Grand Slam titles. Good luck against Ljubicic, and I'll be
14.11.2006 | 21:41
Roger:

It's a good thing I have acrylic nails or I would have bit off every one of them with this match against A-Rod!!!!! So happy that you won! It took a while for my blood pressure to come down after all the excitement of the match. Good luck aga
kriko
14.11.2006 | 21:37
¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡BRAVÍSIMO MAESTRO !!!!!!!!!!!!!

¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡QUE CONTINÚE LA SINFONÍA HASTA

EL TRIUNFO FINAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
14.11.2006 | 21:33
I repeat--> win = 2, lost = 0.. Good luck for tomorrow!
14.11.2006 | 21:32
Dear Roger,

A very good win- considering you did not play at your best and Roddick played exceptionally well: he served well- and guess what- he won a lot of net points. Too many of your own shots went out- long. But when A-Rod serves like that it's a
14.11.2006 | 21:31
Roger, you've really got nerves! At 2:5 at tie-break I almost gave'up, but you didn't, a that's why you're tennis master and I only your fan;-) Good luck in next matches, speccially in final, where I'm more than sure, You'll qualify. You're the only treu
14.11.2006 | 21:27
Hi, my dear Rog (Leo). It was one of the most diffucult matches for you and Andy Rodick, and you prooved once more that you are the Leader for good. There were some technical mistakes in the first set because you were too eager to win. Then, you playe
14.11.2006 | 21:26
Roger,

I don't know if you have time to read all these comments...

It was a fantastic match and you deserved to win. Each had one break, so the tie break decided the match. There is no reason to be apologetic in winning the match.

Had Roddick won