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Roger out in second round

17.08.2006 | Tennis

Roger's winning streak in North America ended yesterday when he was defeated in the second round in Cincinnati by Britain's Andy Murray 7-5, 6-4. It was Roger's earliest tournament exit in two years.

 

Roger had reached the final of 17 consecutive tournaments, a streak that began in June 2005. He fell one shy of matching the Open-era record of 18 straight set by Ivan Lendl in 1981-82.

 

“The streaks? I don’t care about those now that they’re over,” Roger said, not having lost in straight sets in 194 matches. “It’s going to be a relief for everybody, and now we can move on.” Roger's last loss in North America came at this same Masters Series tournament, to Dominik Hrbaty in the first round on Aug. 3, 2004.

 

Roger is now 62-5 this year. His other losses came against Rafael Nadal. He was 85-2 on hard courts over the last two years heading into the match.

 

Murray, from Scotland, reached the semifinals in Toronto, and he was ranked a career-best 21st entering this tournament. “I know Federer didn’t play his best match, but how many guys beat him when he’s playing badly anyway?” Murray said, adding, “I didn’t know how to react at the end, because I definitely was not planning on winning the match.”

 
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08/23/2006 | 07:18 PM
Hi Janell,

I never hoped to see him in Toronto but my daughter, who knows I worship the ground Roger walks on, gave me a lovely surprise. She bought tickets for two days so that we would not miss him play. The crowd was waiting for him at the place whe
08/23/2006 | 07:05 PM
Hi Janell,

I never hoped to see him in Toronto but my daughter, who knows I worship the ground Roger walks on, gave me a lovely surprise. She bought tickets for two days so that we would not miss him play. The crowd was waiting for him at the place whe
08/23/2006 | 07:04 PM
Hi Janell,

I never hoped to see him in Toronto but my daughter, who knows I worship the ground Roger walks on, gave me a lovely surprise. She bought tickets for two days so that we would not miss him play. The crowd was waiting for him at the place whe
08/23/2006 | 07:04 PM
Hi Janell,

I never hoped to see him in Toronto but my daughter, who knows I worship the ground Roger walks on, gave me a lovely surprise. She bought tickets for two days so that we would not miss him play. The crowd was waiting for him at the place whe
08/23/2006 | 05:50 PM
Hi sadhana,

Good you read the letter thank you once again.

How was it seeing the god of tennis live you are so lucky did you get his autograph? Fingers crossed that will be me next year,

Bye take care,

janell
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08/23/2006 | 02:04 PM
Form is temporary, your class permanent... Bound to be a few low days, but then it'll make the high ones all the more precious. Samyuktha, India.
08/23/2006 | 12:34 PM
just want to say that a champion is not always invincible, sometimes defeat is necessary to remind us we are humans afterall. But the heart of the champion never let the pain of defeat dampen his spirit, but it should drive him to get up again, not just t
08/23/2006 | 09:03 AM
hi
Dearest Roger! I know you must prepare for the comming US OPEN.Keep your physical strength. Win the game !!
08/23/2006 | 03:12 AM
andyroddickrocks
sorry for you but it must be too clear that the great players and all great persons are beyond the nations
08/22/2006 | 11:05 PM
Dear Janell,

Thank you for your letter. You should read the letter from Margaret - it gives more explanation on how the points are given per tournament.

I hope and wish sincerely that you get to see our beloved Roger next year at Wimbledon. I final
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