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A narrow victory

14.11.2006 | Tennis

A few moments in his match at the Tennis Masters Cup today, it appeared that Roger would lose against Andy Roddick He was down one set to love and he had a double match point against him in the second set tie break at 4-6.

 

But then, just like many times before, the wheels fell off in Roddick’s attempt to oust the best tennis player on the planet. Roger fought off three match points to win the second set tie breaker and then he cruised in the deciding set to defeat his American opponent 4-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4.

 

"One of the only things I probably would have changed about that point at 6-4 is putting a first serve in," Roddick said. "This won't be the last time I think about that." Roger also agreed that was the turning point.

 

"Early on in the tiebreak already when I was down 4-1 and him serving ... I thought, well, probably not my day, I'm not playing that great and he's not giving me a chance, so I guess that's it.," Roger said afterwards. "But I told myself, you know, maybe I can make him nervous by just staying along and in the match. That's what happened. I don't know if he got nervous or it just went my way in the end, but it was really close, that's for sure," he said.

 

Roger has now extended his winning stretch in round-robin matches at the season-ending championship to 14 and his streak against Roddick to eight. He's 12-1 career against Roddick, who has not beaten our star since the semifinals at Montreal in 2003.

 

Roger will meet Ljubicic on Thursday at 12.00 (Swiss time).

 
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11/15/2006 | 01:20 PM
I think by now you already know that part of the secret to winning is just patiently staying on the game, trying to find your game, waiting for the wheels of fortune to go your way and taking this turn of event to your advatage. You have done very well.
11/15/2006 | 01:13 PM
Congratulations Roger
11/15/2006 | 01:10 PM
Congratulations Roger!!!!!!
I was so nervous during the second set I was biting my nails but then things got better before I could completely destroy them...
Good luck against Ljubicic!!!!!!
All my love,
Lydia
11/15/2006 | 12:28 PM
Well done Roger, but Roddick is playing a lot better now so watch out for him. Good luck against Ljibicic tomorrow. Its very close this year all players are playing their best tennis but I'm sure you can still win it. lots of love
Hadi_on_line
11/15/2006 | 12:17 PM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations ,Keep it up and be careful......

Hadi
11/15/2006 | 12:11 PM
Dear Roger,

It was one of the best come back match I have ever seen,

Thank you!

Alexander, Moscow, Russia
11/15/2006 | 12:09 PM


congrats rogi!!

love ya! n_n
11/15/2006 | 11:56 AM
Dear Roger,

Congratulations on your win against Roddick. Yet again you have proved what a fantastic player you are and why you are World No.1. Good luck against Ljubicic and for the rest of the tournament.

Also, many congratulations on ending a 3r
11/15/2006 | 11:40 AM
what a match?!?!
u prove ur superiority again
keeeeeeeeeeep going,but be aware
this title is urs if god well....

Matar...............
11/15/2006 | 11:18 AM
go roger. you played a so good match against Roddick,though he was tried his best to defeat you he failed again in so narrow match come on u r not just lucky but good skill and self-conscience and u will win 2006 TMC
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