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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 | 07:33 AM
I will always love and cheer you Rogi
Don't worries.
Wish you all the best.
With love
01/14/2007 | 07:28 AM
a little bit dissapointed but it's okey
the big game
is AO
so no need to be worried
roger will win AO again

Good Luck RogeR!!
may the force be with you


01/14/2007 | 07:21 AM

Australian opening finally begin. I am excited at your play being seen again! Even if you will become any kind of result, I pray for this meeting bringing a good thing for you.
I support you in front of television from tomorrow!!

01/14/2007 | 07:06 AM
Watch out for what Jimmy has done to tune Andy's game! I believe Tony and you can work out something out of the tough matches in Shanghai and Kooyong.

I wish to watch you volley more to short the rallies on the faster AO surface.

Good luck and defen
01/14/2007 | 06:57 AM
Emily..Relax! Roger will never let down on a big stage and Andy knows it!
Exhibition it's mostly to entertain.
01/14/2007 | 05:18 AM
This comment is for Emily-rf from Shainghi. Hi, just in case you are still reading the post comments...
I read your post comment just now and I reckin there are excellent depression medications that you can take. Also, good competent therapy you can go t
01/14/2007 | 05:14 AM
hi rogi
its really sad dat u lost to roddick.but no need to worry.even austalia the world champions were defeated by west indies.but still they won the champions trophy.u will surely win.
bye and good luck
01/14/2007 | 04:21 AM
don't worries. It's just an exhibition match and we know that you can win Andy any time you want... 'cause you are the best and you're invincible =)

It's great to know you're feeling good. They're the best news. And.. c'mon, if you play Andy in
01/14/2007 | 03:44 AM
I want to beleive it was Your strategy of game...of practice...and to give him a little confidence...very smart and bright....but starting tomorrow...BE THE #1....THE STRONGEST...THE BEST....WE WELL BE WITH YOU ALL THE WAY....ALWAYS ~
01/14/2007 | 03:31 AM
Hi Roger,
Golly. Wish I could have watched the final match. I only got the scores from www.sportswatch.com.au/sport, so I was glued to my computer monitor especially in the last half of the 3rd set. It was tied 3 games to 3 games, and all of a sudden w