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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 | 01:37 PM
Dear Roger,

It is a GOOD LOSS, you can't win every match. You need to concentrate and put extra ENERGY where it counts most.

Roddick is motivated with this win. It's good for him and the game of tennis. He is improving with Jimmy Connors coaching.
01/13/2007 | 01:35 PM
These are the things that make you stronger!
I look forward to seeing you play at your way at the Autralian Open and of course to take the trophy to your home. These is the year you will reach your wished Grand Slam!

Keep on showing us how tennis must
01/13/2007 | 01:35 PM
Hi Roger,

I am a little disappointed, but like you said, it is a good preparation. I am glad to know you are still human. I think a loss now would keep you on your toes. You are still the best. You are as good a loser as you are a winner.

Good l
01/13/2007 | 01:32 PM
Dearest Roger,

How glad I am that you are keeping positive about this defeat and the upcoming Australian Open! That's one of the things I love and admire in you. You always manage to find a positive aspect in everything and that is one of the most im
01/13/2007 | 01:28 PM
Saw the match and even with a lost, you've played great tennis
AO next stop!
01/13/2007 | 01:05 PM
Dear roger!
don't worry bout this lose....it is just begining of this season ...and i think all will be great in AO!
you will win alot of tournaments)
i believe in you rog!
good luck!!!!
good luck
good luck
good luck
goood luck!

you always i
01/13/2007 | 01:03 PM
R O G I !!!
So what? this is an exhibition game.. it means nothing.
U dont lose often. Its better if its an exhibition game.
This tournment is more for Andy.. he was defending the title and.. as urself said, the wind was a key factor.
Particulary i th
01/13/2007 | 12:55 PM
Good bye, Roger
Roger,my dear roger,my love,
I have to say this might be the last time I watched your performance. It wasn't all because you lost today, but myself. I was too sensitive to stand your lose. When you lost, it was the end of the world t
01/13/2007 | 12:35 PM
Dear Roger,

Call it superstition, but You shouldn't have changed your racquet I think....Just kidding..

Hope you'll take Aussie Slam. Good luck.
01/13/2007 | 12:28 PM
what a match,i was so happy to see you come back in the 2nd set wonderful to see that roger fighting spirit.well done on getting so far.and i hope you can claim the aussie open as your first major title for the year.
good luck for monday!!!!!!!
Love al
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