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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 | 01:36 AM
Don't worry Roger
You could now stay ready for the US Open, and win it. We know you haven't been playing your best, and you deserve this rest period.
08/20/2006 | 01:05 AM
it doesnt mattter that u r out babes, 4 us, ur fans, u r winner all reday, stay swwet 4 the us open
08/19/2006 | 10:29 PM
I might be British but I was still rooting for you. Sorry about the outcome, but come back stonger at the Open
You're still the best
08/19/2006 | 10:20 PM
Hi Roger
Yes, don't worry and just forget what happened. Please go to the BIG game , USOPEN. You will be nomber one there again.
Tai
08/19/2006 | 10:11 PM
Hi

Dear Roger

I Say : ROGER FOREVER

ya. go.go....go.........go.................go

you are No.1

you are best tennisor.

I LOVE YOU ROGER
08/19/2006 | 08:31 PM
Hi Roger,

Don't worry, this was just a tiny-miny defeat, U'll win the US Open surely!!!!!!!!!! :-)
08/19/2006 | 06:55 PM
You must have been so annoyed to lose :(. But Rogi, you have proved you are absolutely fantastic, 'the best player that has ever walked this earth.' You had to break the winning cycle somewhen. People started to think you weren't actually a human! :) But
08/19/2006 | 06:36 PM
It doesn't matter roger your the greathes and win al other tournements of this year!!!!
Prepear for the US Open!!!!!!!!
08/19/2006 | 04:51 PM
yah!~
08/19/2006 | 04:48 PM
:)