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Roger stopped in the final

12.08.2007 | Tennis

Unfortunately Roger lost his Montreal final against Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 7-6 (7-2) on Sunday. Roger stood 4-0 career against the 20-year-old Serb coming into the contest, and had lifted Toronto trophies in 2004 and 2006. Today his 16-match win streak was ended by the strong youngster.

Roger looked to take command when he rebounded from a 0-40 deficit to win five straight points for a 6-5 lead, but Djokovic came straight back from down 0-40 and fight off six set points before tying the set on his fourth break point. The 20-year-old won the tiebreaker easily as our star continued to struggle in the wind, particularly on his cross-court shots. He was down 0-40 again four games into the second set and again battled back to win, but Rogr broke for a 4-2 lead and broke again to finish the set.

Djokovic broke back to open the third and Roger looked like he would bow out quietly, failing to win a point on the Serb's first three service games. But a run of errors let Roger break back to tie it 4-4 and set up a decisive tiebreaker. But it was once again Djokovic who dominated the tiebreaker, ending it with a drop shot followed by a lob over our former title holder that fell inside the line. Roger's attempted return through his legs struck the net.

Roger remains tied with Becker for ninth place all-time at 49 career tournament victories. He has been ranked No. 1 a record 184 consecutive weeks since 2004.

 

 
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08/15/2007 | 04:34 PM
Hey, Roger - don't be thinking you're old - you're NOT!! You're in your prime! Tremendous condition and you have every shot in the book and then some + tons of experience! Don't let the young guys intimidate you! Remember that Agassi won a few grand sl
08/15/2007 | 04:10 PM
Almica: Thanks for the tip. Great to hear that Roger plans to play till he's 35. Now I'm feeling even happier as I can look forward to at least another 9 years of watching him play. Wow!!!

Roger: All the best in tonight's match. Go out there and e
08/15/2007 | 03:43 PM
Have a good match against Benneteau, Roger! I hope it will be aired ESPN2 4:30 - 6:30 PT time slot, if not, it's back to the computer but I'll tune in, that's for sure. Long-term fan,
Deb

P.S. Re the coach - gee Roger, if you ever need useless advi
08/15/2007 | 03:30 PM

Hey, Roger!
Wish you the very best of luck in Cincinnati!
Love forever,
Daley xxx
08/15/2007 | 03:19 PM
I also read on Eurosport.com where Roger is thinking about a coach but he is pretty satisfied without having one right now. However he will give it some thought. I am so amused at those posting comments on this site who try to tell Roger what he is doing
08/15/2007 | 01:59 PM
I like the interview of Roger after the match.

- Roger is Positive when play down significance of the loss to Djokovic. This is the best way fot the mental to move on to next tournaments
- As Roger and we (fans) love the game of tennis, it is more en
08/15/2007 | 01:14 PM
I waiting for see you Roger
i love you
xxxx
08/15/2007 | 12:26 PM
To fans
There is an article on www.cnn.com/international,world sport, article is"Federer in no rush to find a coach"He talked with press in Cincy on tuesday about finding coach and he is giving him self a scheduele to play until 35 years of age.That is f
08/15/2007 | 11:33 AM
It was very hard to admit an upset on that game. I can Roger, you were not that aggresive to the net and I think you did not escalate your game to 100%. You must reserving some for US open. Even though you were not at 100% at that game you still crack Nov
08/15/2007 | 11:27 AM
u still make tennis amazing..
rest well, and have some great matches this week and, of course, at the US Open. Best of luck! salute!
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