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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 | 03:04 AM
Sorry you lost today. But all the great champions cannot win everything - Tiger Woods doesn't win every tournament he enters and when he loses it does not detract from his greatness. At the end of the day it will be the number of grand slams you have wo
01/14/2007 | 02:34 AM
Yeah, Roger, no problem, you're not perfect, it happens to us. Even so, you'll always be Roger Federer and, through this match, you could realize what worked and what didn't. Well, of course Roddick is happy, he won, but he hasn't won the Australian Open
01/14/2007 | 02:23 AM
Hi Roger. It's good that you feel happy and ready now. Go on and overcome any difficulties. I will always support you whatever happens.
A fan from Vietnam, Southeast Asia
01/14/2007 | 02:13 AM
Lieber Roger ,Das Kooyong Final war eine gute Unterhaltung fuer Jedermann.So fuer die Zuschauer und auch fuer Dich und Roddick.Um zu gewinnenn muss man auch verlieren koennen.In meinem Hirn ging es dauernd wer sich selbst erniedrigt ,der wird erhoeht werd
01/14/2007 | 02:03 AM
My dear Roger,

Never cry over spilt milk!! and I know that you wont. As a matter of fact this is good for you. Just go straight to the AO and do what you do best, beat your opponents. We all know that you will.

All the very best as always and I
01/14/2007 | 02:03 AM
My dear Roger,

Never cry over spilt milk!! and I know that you wont. As a matter of fact this is good for you. Just go straight to the AO and do what you do best, beat your opponents. We all know that you will.

All the very best as always and I
01/14/2007 | 01:00 AM
Roger:

As it was an exhibition, the impetus to play your incredible brand of tennis wasn't there, and it was merely a warm-up and practice for the AO. Hopefully, you got out of it what you wanted.

The very best in the AO. We'll be supporting you a
01/14/2007 | 12:03 AM
We know what's up! You HAD to let him win sometime, right? ha ha!! I read in tennis mag that Roddick has looked across the court and sighed---It's him, AGAIN!! At a semi or a final, no doubt. But hey, ya win some, ya lose some, win more, lose less, we kno
01/14/2007 | 12:01 AM
Good Luck in Australian Open..

C u in the final...

Cheers,
AMBER
01/14/2007 | 12:00 AM
Dear Mr. Federer,
Through rain or shine, thick or thin, prime time or 3am, your Southern California fans are there to support you, indeed, we have been cheering you on long before the world knew your name.