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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 | 01:54
Well, congratulations! I am from Shanghai, China. I saw your game last night, you played not so well as before. Sure you are god, you can not play so perfect every time. Roddick was playing better at the first and second sets. You may put more attention t
15.11.2006 | 01:43
I checked out the score in the internet as there's no live match today. It's so scary!!!
esp. in tiebreak. I'm so glad you won.
15.11.2006 | 01:24
Good luck next match!
15.11.2006 | 01:21
Roger still looked relaxed even though he was behind in his match with Andy Roddick. What impressed me in this match was his movement on the court, very graceful and very at ease. Great match.
15.11.2006 | 01:17
Hey Mr. #1,
Very excited about your win over Roddick. It was very close! Someone told me earlier today that you won (they showed your match at 6AM East Coast US time and then later at 3PM), but I had to see this match myself to see what exactly happene
15.11.2006 | 01:09
Congratulations Roger,great match ,very close but again you showed your talent and a lot of nerves at match point.I knew you were gonna win after the second set.Andy is a nice guy ,maybe you should play him one time left handed so he could have a chance h
15.11.2006 | 01:06
Grabbing victory from the jaws of defeat. WOW! Great win.

I'm sure you're peaking at the right time. Mental strength has been added to your already strong game. Good luck for the rest of the tournament.

Lift the Master's Trophy!
15.11.2006 | 00:52
Terrific match! I had to leave before it ended, so
I didn't know you had won until I got to work. What a great effort from both players. As the commentators kept saying, "This is high quality tennis!"

15.11.2006 | 00:51

I got up at 5 am to watch this match live on ESPN2. I'm so glad I did!
You never give up. Stay rested. Stay healthy!!

15.11.2006 | 00:22
Just one word: UNBELIEVABLE....

Congrats and good luck for the match against Ivan :-)