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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 | 09:15 AM
I've seen the match, and although it wasn't nice seeing you lose, I still didn't feel worried for a second. You showed you have a few more gears you could shift to if you want to win, just in this match it didn't work out all the way trough. Was a good ma
08/15/2007 | 08:36 AM
Me again!!! I agree a 1000% with Rubenn. I might not be as articulated but we feel exactly the same! It is time that all of us talk with one voice. Just maybe Roger will listen if he sees that his fans aren't happy with his performance anymore. I hate to
08/15/2007 | 07:02 AM
nothin serious....

everyone can fail, n ur just one man.
the key is,never give up n keep ur desire to win.


xoxox
08/15/2007 | 06:46 AM
Dont worry abt it, Roger........
I'm still surprised by the way the tiebreaks went, though.
U're still the champ of champs...
08/15/2007 | 05:55 AM
Roger,
Your backhand..... your backhand , you need to work on it.You are not in full conrol of it.Just too many erros.
If you had 10 less errors you would have won.Spend some time nad relook at the match.
In the third set you were oo defensive and taki
08/15/2007 | 05:07 AM
Roger, I was truly bummed-out by last Sunday's loss; esp., in light of the fantastic prior matches! :(

Not to fret though -- for myself, that is -- as I get yet another chance to see you win tomorrow! :)

In short: Last Sunday's match was simply "
08/15/2007 | 05:01 AM
Oh, it's alright, m'dear. You probably did your best. I din get to watch you. I don't know anything but I know that it was kinda tough. Anyways. You know what to do. All the best. love.
08/15/2007 | 05:00 AM
Here's what Roger has to say about the coach issue:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/08/15/2005583.htm

Whatever his decision, we should have confidence in it. We often forget what an incredibly intelligent man Roger is.

A and K in New York
08/15/2007 | 03:09 AM
Don't worry number one, you are a human and the best tennis player so, just think now in Cinci and your fourth U.S open. I love you!!
You're simply the best!
08/15/2007 | 03:05 AM
Hey Roger,

Tomorrow's another day and another tournament. Lots of luck and happiness to you and have a great match with Benneteau.

Always yours
love Jeanna x