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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 | 04:28 PM
dont worry Roger. its all in the game.
but be confident Roger
we believe in u

01/13/2007 | 04:10 PM
Hey Rogi,
Sorry to hear about your loss, but it is good practice for you. Many want to beat you (Andy is edging the margins), but in the tournaments that matter, you will overcome and defeat them. Good luck with your preparations, hope you get some rest
01/13/2007 | 04:04 PM

Sorry about the loss. I know you feel a little bit down today, but thank God it was only an exhibition. You now know what tools that need to come out during the AO. I wish you all the luck this coming week defending your AO title. I will try
01/13/2007 | 04:03 PM
01/13/2007 | 03:57 PM
Dear Roger
We all know, and probably Andy more than anyone, that this defeat doesn't mean much and wouldn't have happened in a big stage. I'm sure he'd give up 10 exhibition wins against you for just one win that counts!
It was an entertaining match a
01/13/2007 | 03:55 PM
You loose to Roddick today but it doesnt mean that much eapecially to all of us(fans). Although you did a great job but maybe Roddick got a little bit lucky today. Nevertheless, we, your fans will always cheer you up win or loose we will always be there f
01/13/2007 | 03:31 PM
I won't say that I'm "Happy" that you lost, but if you had to lose once in a blue moon to Andy, then what better time than in an exhibition match? Besides, you lost last year to Haas in a meaningless match and you ended up winning the AO!
Best wishes and
01/13/2007 | 02:57 PM
Good Luck in the Melbourne Roger!

You can do it again!
We are ready for new victories!
01/13/2007 | 02:57 PM
It's fine, the game was just a "warm up". Defeat them during the tournament, goodluck!
01/13/2007 | 02:50 PM
Con il naso che ti ritrovi è normale che tu abbia perso. Spero davvero di cuore che Andy ti possa distruggere anche in un'eventuale semifinale agli Open d'Australia, Andy è troppo meglio di te. Lui è cool, sia dentro che fuori dal campo, tu invece sai sol