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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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08/20/2006 | 08:45 PM
Thank you, Alexara, for posting the excerpt from the NY Times here. A religious experience and Roger Moments -- how apt!

I spotted the article on the NY Times website and enjoyed reading it so much. It has in fact helped me understand more why I ab
08/20/2006 | 06:58 PM
i miss you Roger
XXX
08/20/2006 | 06:57 PM
don't worry roger,, you'll win plenty of matches on hardcourt,, so just focus on the us open
08/20/2006 | 04:11 PM
don't worry.c u in US Open,roger!
08/20/2006 | 11:20 AM
hi roger,

dont worry u lost take a rest and get ready for us open.i hope u win.i am here to support u every game.go roger!!!!
08/20/2006 | 09:01 AM
Excerpt from NY Times
August 20, 2006
Federer as Religious Experience

By DAVID FOSTER WALLACE
Almost anyone who loves tennis and follows the men's tour on
television has, over the last few years, had what might be termed
Federer Moments. These are
08/20/2006 | 06:27 AM
don,t worry, be happy man.................coz' we now u r the best
08/20/2006 | 05:10 AM
It's really a great decision you have made in the 2nd round, it is not even your fault not to go on onto the 3rd round. We understand how hectic your schedules was and you've been through a tight tournaments from Toronto to Cincinnati, you are just a huma
08/20/2006 | 04:47 AM
ure our no 1, we know you'll do really well, in the us open, best wishes for success!
good luck with it! and for the future as well!
and keep up the good work!
from Sarini and Jayanthi (Aus)
08/20/2006 | 01:37 AM
Roger, what a pity you're out... but, you know? Life is made by victories and defeats and we can always learn with our mistakes, even with the terrible ones. Surprises will always come and we have to be ready for all of them. Just don't worry. If you lost