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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 | 02:46 PM
Finally,I gt some positive energy flowing.keep it up guys.It was just a friendly match.
01/14/2007 | 02:32 PM
I think that was a great warm up for AO. Roger does not sound very disappointed abt that loss.
Just like last year a loss to Haas in same tournament but when they were playing each other in AO 2006, master shows who is the best. So, I am not sad about th
01/14/2007 | 01:49 PM
meh, that was just an exhibition match, it proves nothing, but im sure that it was a good warm-up, roger ur the defending champ and im sure that in 2 weeks time, u will be holding that trophy aloft for the 3rd time, best of luck for the AO!!!
01/14/2007 | 01:25 PM
It doesn't matter you lost to Roddick, Roger, it was almost a friendly match and, anyway, now Andy is ready for another twelve defeats streak.
You're the best and a joy to watch.
Good luck for the next two weeks.
01/14/2007 | 01:24 PM
it's okie rogie =)
u shouldn't feel shameful or anything, for ur fans, u r still our very best..anyway, it's a warm up for ur australian open, rite =)
at least, u r prepared to go to the final..n this time, the difference is that.. u r gonna win it, i m
01/14/2007 | 12:35 PM
Hi Roger,
Nice preparation, now get the AO!
Best of regards,
01/14/2007 | 10:11 AM
KOKKO10,rogerfan88 & Hollywood,I agree with u guys!
This shouldn't be a disappointment at all!
It's even good,coz Roger tried some new things on court that can help him in the future!
So look at this a bit brighter! ;)
01/14/2007 | 09:56 AM
I think Roger used this more as a practice session and try new techniques. This loss if you want to call it that is not a big deal...I'm sure he learned more from it that will help him in the AO.

GO ROGER GO!!!! :)
01/14/2007 | 08:21 AM
Dear Roger the great,

Don’t worry about this loss, this is an exhibition match. I think you have a good practice for Australian Open. You are the best and I know that you will give your best to defend the title. I am happy to see Andy Roddick playin
01/14/2007 | 07:39 AM
Gosh.....I'm so so sick of all the sorry messages posted.Please pick up your dictionaries and look up the word EXHIBITION.
ROGER allowed him take this one to boost Andy's Mojo.If any of you ever thought Andy will beat Roger on a tour event...I must say y
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