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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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08/21/2006 | 05:57 PM
Roger,

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
08/21/2006 | 05:44 PM
dont worry federer it happens ...........n now u shud take rest and be ready fr de big 1......v luv u and alwayz believe in u
08/21/2006 | 03:32 PM
Don't worry Roger, it happens to anybody. It's not the end of the world, you're still the best. Now concentrate to win the US Open, ok? I know you can make it :).
08/21/2006 | 02:39 PM
No Doubt Fed. it was a very big shock, but it was not with u or me it was one the greatest upset on the planet Earth, well no worries, losing a game is a part of a game. But u should have to concentrate on ur upcoming GrandSlam, and i am very much confide
08/21/2006 | 02:11 PM
Oh, that? It does not matter! Roger, you are the best on and off courts!! Looking forward to US Open. Stay calm as ever.

Cheers
Mfy
08/21/2006 | 12:35 PM
i miss you
XXX
08/21/2006 | 08:25 AM
My hero ... roger

Dont worry you are the best .. you lose you win you still the best for us ...

Now get ready to the us open ... i want 2 see you in the final match ...

love you..

08/20/2006 | 11:50 PM
To my #1 tennis guy,

Take the loss as a preparation to defend your U.S. Open title. Enjoy and relax. See you at the Open.

Maricar
08/20/2006 | 10:16 PM
Roger - your steraks are as amazing as you are! But your human body needs a rest; so get some well deserved rest & relaxation so that you can defend your US title (again) this year! Here's wishing you the best, in health, happiness, and NEW streaks!
08/20/2006 | 09:26 PM
You'll be back! See you at the US Open next week. Go Roger!