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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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08/22/2006 | 05:53 AM
I don't care that you lost this one match because you win everything else and you are a wonder to watch. I LOVE YOU, MR. FEDERER!!!!
08/22/2006 | 04:39 AM
Hi! Roger!!
It's not big deal! Now you are free from those steaks. Just relax and rejuvenate your body for the US open. I believe you gonna win this last grand slam of the year!! Cheers!!
08/22/2006 | 03:59 AM
Dear Janelle

Adding to Sadhana's email to you--go to APT webpage as suggested by her--click on tournaments,then click event profiles.Here, scroll down for the event choose the event that you wish to see.On their home page, and more than often than not,
08/22/2006 | 03:37 AM
Dear Roger,
I was shocked and saddened to learn about your loss to Murray. It's not fair to you to play back-to-back tourneys and being the champion in the first. Would have been great if the they gave you a bye in the first round at Cincy.
I wish you
08/22/2006 | 03:10 AM
It's ok Rog I know you did your best like always which we love. WE LOVE YOU! And wish you best of luck at the U.S Open!
08/21/2006 | 10:36 PM
Don't worry Roger you played good, for me you are a champion. Murray is a good pley but you are the best Federer. I wish you good luck in the U.S open You Are giong to win, be careful whit Rafael Nadal I don't want surprises ok bye Roger Federer.Thanks
08/21/2006 | 09:36 PM
It just was not your day.
08/21/2006 | 09:18 PM
Dear Janell,

This is how the ATP point system works. Roger had won Cincy last year, for that he was given 500 points. This time he lost in the second round, so 500 points were taken away and 35 points given for reaching the second round.

7760 - 500
08/21/2006 | 07:22 PM
Hi roger,

I still don't get the ranking points why do they take so many points away when you have earned them from winning in other tournaments just because you lost in the 2nd round. It just doesn't make sense to me.
Even when nadal lost in the 3rd r
08/21/2006 | 06:03 PM

It makes me sad thinking about what you endured last week for your fans and the tennis game.

In the end, however, there is always a smile, knowing who you are.

Stay healthy and happy.

I/your fans will support you whatever your endeav
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