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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 | 21:25
There was a link on Sky News tonight when they showed the final point of the match and the newscaster said "Now, from one live hero to another" ... who just happened to be James Bond! I lol as I thought you'd love that! Great comeback by you today, Rog
14.11.2006 | 21:21
WELL DONE!!
You're amaizing
I'm proud of you!!
Good Luck, Charisjuh
14.11.2006 | 21:20
Federer, I knew that! I didn't have the opportunit to watch your match, but I can guess how it was. You know, you've only done the right thing. Federer, as I've already told here, each game you play is a surprise and do you know why? It's because you don
14.11.2006 | 21:04
Wow Roger, that was some match. Really high quality, and thankfully Andy did not practice the Sampras overhead smash. Not a good decision on his part, typical show off Andy which worked to your benefit. We won't complain about that on this site ! ( ha ha
14.11.2006 | 21:04
Congratrulations Roger, that was close but you came up with the victory in the end. well done and good luck in the next match against Ljubicic.
Cheers
Siggi
14.11.2006 | 20:40
Roger,

You once again displayed the heart of a champion, finding a way back from what did seem like imminent defeat, end of 2nd. set.
We all hope you are not put to such a stern test again, but if you are, no doubt you will prevail. We all
14.11.2006 | 20:35
I'm glad luck was with you in the 2nd set so that you could win the 3rd and the match. Too close for comfort! I was rooting for you!
14.11.2006 | 20:34
HI KING ROGER

CONGRAT'S AGAIN, WELL DONE, YOU HAD NERVES OF STELL AND BEAT RODDICK, NOT YET PLAYING YOUR BEST TENNIS, THIS IS THE DIFERENCE, BECAUSE, YOUR ARE ROGER, THE BEST***

THANKS FOR YOUR BEATIFUL SMILE AND GREETING AT THE END OF MATCH.

T
14.11.2006 | 20:31
I was looking at a catalog at lunchtime and found this quote that I thought could describe our day today:

"Life is not measured by the amount of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away."

Roger, that was an awesome match, and we
14.11.2006 | 20:29
As the great champion you are you did enough to win. Congrats on both wins. God Bless and
please make us in RSA proud by winning the
Masters Cup. You have earned it! Hope you'll
visit us soon also in Pretoria.