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Roger loses final to Roddick

13.01.2007 | Tennis

Roger had to experience a defeat against Andy Roddick. The defending champion Roddick picked up a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win Saturday over Roger in the final of the invitational Kooyong Classic. However, the result of the exhibition match doesn't count on their official records.

 

Roger remains 12-1 officially in his career against Roddick and looked good in patches in the second set on the weekend before he begins his Australian Open title defense.

 

"It was hard conditions, and against Andy I knew that if the wind was going to be blowing, that it's going to be really hard from the baseline, so I decided, instead of breaking my rhythm, I would rather come to the net and try something else and try to play a little bit this way. Because already it's hard to return his serve. But in this wind, on my own serves, to battle along, it's not just great fun, so I decided to change it up a bit. It worked pretty well, gave me the idea that I have that option as well." Roger said.

 

Roddick was happy to win his first match against Roger, of course,  but didn’t want to overrate it, either.

 

"I think it needs to be done on a big stage before you put too much emphasis on it." Roddick stated.

 

Despite the loss, Roger said he was happy with his preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year.

 

"I'm feeling good - I feel like I'm ready," he said. "It's a shame I couldn't win ... but it was good preparation." Roger said.

 

His focus now is on defending his title at the Autralian Open to reach for the 10th Grand Slam title in his carreer. The task is not too easy though as he was drawn in a difficult half.

 

"I think it's a fair draw. I have good players in my sections. I think Youzhny is an excellent player, Djokovic is an excellent player, and the guy I play first round, I lost to him in '99, I've never beaten him. We'll see what happens. I feel good about my chances, obviously. But Grand Slam is a long story so I have to attack it in a good way and hopefully play a good opening match."

 
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01/14/2007 | 08:49 PM
don't worry about your loss to roddick, just forget it and focus on your third AO title!!!
01/14/2007 | 08:31 PM
I could not see the match because this tournament was not shown in the US. I think the loss can be looked at different ways, and of course the outcome didn't affect your points. The only thing I worry about is that it could add to Roddick's growin
01/14/2007 | 08:24 PM
hey roger,
it's not that bad to lose before a grand slam . it's a great chance to overcome ur faults(which are rare).
seems great that u have atough competition otherwise there is no challenge to win a title.
best of luck and may god give
01/14/2007 | 08:22 PM
We all love you Roger, no matter your results. I'm a fan of Roddick myself (even if, of course, no one compares to you), so well, I don't really know what to say. You lost the Kooyong final last year as well, and we all know what happened after that final
01/14/2007 | 08:09 PM
Ma quanta bella gente che parla italiano !!! E che ama il solo vero campione !!!! Roggggg tutti gli italiani che capiscono qualcosa di tennis sono con te, nel campo, fuori dal campo, l'unico galattico giocatore al mondo sei tu !!!!
01/14/2007 | 08:01 PM
Good luck to you Rog in AO!
01/14/2007 | 08:00 PM
C'mon guys, it was just a target practice match for our Roger. He does not want all his energies wasted in an exhibition. Give Roddick his 1 minute claim to fame - as always he's a sore loser.

To our beloved tennis player, good luck tomorrow, we've b
01/14/2007 | 07:29 PM
Hi Roger!
don't worry..it's not important^^...good luck for the AO.Go And Destroy :D!!you're still the best!!!

P.S.:certa gente non capisce niente...-___-...
Kisses by Lodo.
01/14/2007 | 06:18 PM
Roger; the strategy of playing offensively by moving toward the net is an excellent ploy. This will help you win more tough matches in the future. Good Luck!
01/14/2007 | 06:02 PM
Dear Roger,

For awhile last year, when I first became your fan, I thought you won every match. Eventually I learned that you occasionally lost - very occasionally. And I also learned that you have tremendous mental strength and cope well with the bum
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