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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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01/13/2007 | 02:35 PM
I am sorry to hear of the result of this match, but I hope and trust that you will come out of it wiser and stronger, as you always learn from experience. Just as you bounced back from the setback at Cincy to win the US Open title, I am sure you will pre
01/13/2007 | 02:25 PM
Oh come on... probably you lost because I didn't post comment for a month (hihi).. seriously I think you will find the good concentration (as usual) for the Slam.. Veni, vidi, vici, dear Roger Federer...
01/13/2007 | 02:20 PM
as i've ssaid, this won't count in your h2h, it is still 12-1. remember that you won the kooyong tournament in 2005 but didnt reach the final of AO the same year. and roddick won this last 2006 but loss in the early rounds of AO'06. seems to me winning th
01/13/2007 | 02:13 PM
THAT'S OKEY , ROGER...THESE KIND OF ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN EVEN 2 GREAT CHAMPIONS LIKE U!!! IM SURE U WILL NOT LET THIS HAPPEN AGAIN, BCOZ U REALLY PLAYED EXCELENT, AND 4 SURE, BETTER THAN RODDICK DID.....U ARE THE BEST AND THIS WAS INDEED A GREAT PREPARATI
01/13/2007 | 02:10 PM
I'm sorry .I forgot to say"good luck in AO" in my message.And I believe Roger can win the championship two weeks later.
01/13/2007 | 02:04 PM
Hello,

Look at what you have learned from this defeat Roger. Look at the details and reasons of this defeat. It is really not much of Roddick's game because he is still temperamental as you see at the second set but it is all in your power to win and s
01/13/2007 | 02:03 PM
dear Roger,
What a pity you lost the game.But I think this is still a great match.And Kooyong is not means AO,last year you lost it too but won AO.So my idea is that you play your game and enjoy it is the most important thing.I like seeing your smile alw
01/13/2007 | 01:47 PM
Hey Rogi..it isn't a shame at all...it was a small loose..you lost their last time as well..its alright.the result doesn't count at all...but the event i am waiting for is AO!!!...Just Go Go Rogerrr!!!..you have to do ur best there..and Kooyong was a grea
01/13/2007 | 01:46 PM
I wish a victory over Australia, and over all tournaments of Grand Slam in this year. Well should you though sometime to lose? A joke:)
01/13/2007 | 01:43 PM
Hello Roger
As so many of your fans have already said your loss today is nothing to worry about.
We were at courtside, the wind was playing havoc with your game.[one only had to look at the flags to see how windy it was] It is not as though you were blo