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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 | 03:43
this is what makes u a great champ roger: overcoming adversity... u find the way to win even if there seems none. i admire ur composure. good luck wid the masters cup rog!
15.11.2006 | 03:40
I'm very proud of you too, but you know that!

I hope you weren't thinking that ball was anyone in parTICular when you hit that ace?!? :P

15.11.2006 | 03:29
Dear Roger,

Congratulations ! Hard-earned victory but you did it again. Thank you for beating Roddick, I am getting tired of him and Connors. Good luck for the rest of the tournament. I will be taping your matches and enjoying them.

15.11.2006 | 02:56
Congratulations Roger! You just showed us how not to give up in the face of adversity/defeat! Rest up champ and best of luck on Thursday against Ljubicic. I had a bad day today at work but now I feel good and looking forward to enjoy your match that I rec
15.11.2006 | 02:55
Congratulations! After all the struggles and hard fought batttle against A.Rod still you won the match. All i can say is that..YOU REALLY ARE A TRUE CHAMPION, THE BEST AND THE GREATEST EVER PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF TENNIS. Your match with A.Rod last nigh
15.11.2006 | 02:37
My heart was beating at an extremely high speed while I was watching your match on line! It was another happy ending dear Roger! All the very best in all your performance. Oy
15.11.2006 | 02:26
You're amazing, Roger!!!
Congratulations on such a great victory!
Keep it up,

15.11.2006 | 02:19
Our dear Rogerito...we new that you were going to win...didnt doubt it at all...another lesson for the rest of the world...and players...and commentators....keep it up...Congratulations and all our love ~
15.11.2006 | 02:16
Oh, my God, it was an incredible.
You played fantastic. Really a great match for both.
I knew that his anxiety, his nervous maybe would make to do a mistake, and it did it
You took advantage of that with serenity well and you won.
15.11.2006 | 02:11
Hi Roger!

Your tenis is amazing! NO doubt: You're the Best!! I enjoy every game