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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 | 08:59
Dear Roger,

Greetings from the beautiful country of the Philippines!

Your game with Andy Roddick was a cliff hanger! Fantastic! We all admire your mental toughness and determination to win! It's something that's worth emulating.

15.11.2006 | 08:53
Fantastic! Have a good rest and Good Luck for the rest of the week!
15.11.2006 | 08:34
I've never seen Roddick play as well as he did last night.

And yet you won.

Cliches are cliches because they are true.
Like this one:

"True champions will find a way ..... "
15.11.2006 | 08:23
Fantastic win Roger!!!
You are the coolest warrior in tennis history.
Allez Roger!!!
15.11.2006 | 08:04
dear ROGER!!!!i knew that you will win!because i believed in you!!!my congratulatoins!!!!
15.11.2006 | 08:00
Dearest Roger,

You are out of this world! To fight off three match points against possibly the biggest server tennis has ever seen, knowing that you would not be going out of the tournament even if you lost one match, shows exactly what a great champi
15.11.2006 | 07:51
esta dificil... pero se que Roger puede con todos!!!!!!!!!... y con mas!!! el es lo mas y lo sabe!! ^.^
15.11.2006 | 07:44
ooo that was close you better be carefulll man. cus i just cant c you lose. best of luck dear roger
15.11.2006 | 07:30
hi roger,
i must agree, it was a lucky win for you. i watched the game and after the second set i knew you will win the match because the tie breaker was your wake up call. a bit of lesson ed today huh! i think you should put your guard up starting now b
15.11.2006 | 07:26
Hey Rogi, I think it was a gr8 match. Andy played superbly in the first two sets. His serving was awesome and his approach shots were really effective. And every time i thought you would come back (at 5-4 second set when you had a couple of set points), A