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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 | 06:21 PM
Good tournament Roger! We are all proud of you! Good luck in the Australian Open!

We will be watching you and supporting you.

Love always,
01/13/2007 | 06:12 PM
do not worry my hero it was just a warmup championchip(but you did not play as usual)
i hope to play well in Australian open
i want you to know that we are believing in you


01/13/2007 | 05:57 PM
Hi, dear... Today i've lost my game too.. but i know, u r strong and u'll win Ao, so i'll try to win another game as u! Good luck!
01/13/2007 | 05:56 PM
Sorry about today. I think you have it all worked out now and will use the wind to your advantage. Our best thoughts and good wishes are with you from the U.K. Stay happy and healthy.
01/13/2007 | 05:32 PM
Remaining number one has its costs. Long rests lead to rustiness and losses to good players like Roddick. Kooyong was an excellent lesson.
01/13/2007 | 05:30 PM
This was a good practice session for you, Roger, to try out some options.

All the best to you in the AO. I will be cheering you all the way! You are our Lion.
01/13/2007 | 05:13 PM
No Problem Roger, now you must concentrate your attention on Australian Open.....where i'm really sure that you can win your tenth Grand Slam.
Go Roger Go!
01/13/2007 | 05:08 PM
Don't sweat the exhibition match - play well at the Australian! Looking forward to a great season in 2007!
01/13/2007 | 04:53 PM
Newermind Roger, take power and continue scharper!!!!!
with love fron Greece
01/13/2007 | 04:36 PM
roddick is a jerk i met him and he didnt even smile or say hi he is a snob and exibition matches dont matter and roger we know you were playing lefty