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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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15.11.2006 | 11:13
Very nervous but congratulations, Roger!
Goodluck for you in the next match with Ljubicic
15.11.2006 | 11:12
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15.11.2006 | 10:58
It's absolutely a dramatic game!congratulations,roger.
best wishes
15.11.2006 | 10:56
Dear Roger,

Congratulation, you are very fantastic !!!
Go Roger Go !!!
I believe in you, always and forever.
15.11.2006 | 10:54
Hi,Roger. congratulations!!!
I'm your fans in Shanghai,China.It's great for me to see this amazing match on spot yesterday.
Thank you for you give us this fantastic night.
By the way,these days,the weather in Shanghai is very cold.Please take care your
15.11.2006 | 10:42
CONGRATULATIONS ROGER , YOU ARE THE BEST !!!!!!!!
I`m very proud of you.
All the best for thursday.
glorita
15.11.2006 | 10:31
Wow Roger, you was incredibile!!!! At the second set you give me a heart attack... hehe. You are so BIG!!!!! The number one!!! Thank you so much.

Bye bye
15.11.2006 | 09:54
I'm very excited+++!!! What's the match??
Always cheer!!!

Go GO+!!!!
15.11.2006 | 09:39
only the God will can stop you!
be careful to blake...
good bye rog!
15.11.2006 | 09:01
big congrats for u rogie =)
eventhough in the first set he got u, i'm very sure of u that u'll win n make the point the other way round n u made it =)
ur fans all around the world will surely pray for u, winning this masters cup.
come on rogie, u can s