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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 | 06:54 AM
congratulations roger! what a mental strength!
keep it up!
11/15/2006 | 06:24 AM
what a match............
you came from behind to win the match.
i think andy got a bit overconfident since taking the 1st set, but u showed him the door....
i like ur spirit.......
best of luck against ivan...
cheers././././
11/15/2006 | 06:16 AM
hi roger,
it's a great match.i wondered how would u come through when ur forehand wasnt working well. Roddick played very well.i haven't seen u struggling so much with any body else in recent times. i think ur net play is not as good as roddi
11/15/2006 | 06:09 AM
AWESOME!! I must admit when you were 5-3 down in the TB I had an SMS ready to a friend saying you had lost to AR. Then I thought this is the KING himself I won't send it yet. Just as well! I don't know how you do it. I cannot even watch it. I won't eve
11/15/2006 | 06:04 AM
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11/15/2006 | 05:48 AM
Well, I think this magnificent come back was necessary for you to prove you are the best!
How can you be so calm when you fall behind and stand at the edge of losing? That's something only roger federer knows.
Although I cannot watch your games, I read
11/15/2006 | 05:22 AM
I think they made a spelling error. That should read 'Roger will BEAT Ljubicic on Thursday at 12.00 (Swiss time)', not meet, lol

11/15/2006 | 04:34 AM
Congratulations, Roger! I may be an American...but when it comes to my tennis favorite, YOU are the master in charge. Well done!

Love and hugs,
Cori USA
11/15/2006 | 03:56 AM
Dearest Roger,

I could not watch this match too, so I went away and did a lot of praying. I was shaking way after the match because my nerves were in shreds. I have no idea how you can keep so cool and never give up. Please Roger can you do it in two s
11/15/2006 | 03:52 AM
Congratulations. That looked like an extremely tough match. Roddick has improved since working with Connors and he might have seemed harder to read that before. I am so glad you could stay strong and come through and win!!!!

Good luck on your