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Roger's finals run stopped

25.01.2008 | Tennis

Roger has been defeated in straight sets in the semifinal of the Australian Open. His opponent, Novak Djokovic, came back from 3-5 in the first set to win the match at 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).


Novak Djokovic was simply too strong, too steady. Where Roger inched past him in the last grand slam final - the U.S. Open last September - this time the Serb was always a nose ahead. "I think he made the more important points today, it was a bit unfortunate for me," Roger commented. "It depends a lot on form, you can't always play your best. It's not easy coming out every week trying to win. You'll always run into fellow top-10 players or other guys who are on a streak or on a hot run or surprise you."


Roger added he was far from his best in the Rod Laver Arena, but said he gave everything he had to try and get back into the match."There's some sort of a disappointment. But from the spirit, the way I fought, the way I tried, it's all I could give," he said.


This defeat was Roger's first in straight sets at a grand slam since he lost to Gustavo Kuerten in the 2004 French Open.The holder of 12 grand slam crowns, his chase of Pete Sampras's record 14 is now on ice until the 2008 French Open begins in May.

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02/03/2008 | 06:28 AM
Everyone may lose.Never mind.You can do well,can't you?
02/03/2008 | 02:20 AM
Be strong, Roger! Losing ... may bring you to a higher levels of achievement
Honestly speaking, there is no fun if keep being winner!
Being with you all the time
02/03/2008 | 01:21 AM
We would get many things from the important loss.
02/03/2008 | 12:07 AM
Re Tilou 02/02/2008

Darren Cahill & Peter Carter both from South Australia, were childhood friends.
Darren reached the SFs at the 1988 US Open and is former coach of Lleyton Hewitt.

02/02/2008 | 11:00 PM
Hey Roger: We still love you !!!! I can't wait to see you take # 13 at Roland Garross. Hang in there and best of luck for the rest of the 2008 season !!!!
02/02/2008 | 10:39 PM
Hi Roger.

It's certianly a shame that you fell in the Semi's of the AO. That said, I thinks it's merely just a mild hindrance and if anything, it's a case of delaying the inevitable i.e. reaching and surpassing Pete's 14 slam feat. I also think that yo
02/02/2008 | 10:26 PM
go....................... roger don't worry
02/02/2008 | 09:26 PM
Roger, I just heard that you were spotted here in Los Angeles. Is that true? Are you here to buy Pete Sampras's house? It's up for sale. We'd love to have you here. The weather is great--you'll get used to the earthquakes. xoxo, Lily
02/02/2008 | 06:39 PM
I'm full of admiration for Roger.His tremendous effort and mental strength brought him to the semis despite being very ill before the AO08. With that Roger remains No.1. Its just amazing.209 weeks! We all do hope and pray that Roger is now strong healthy
02/02/2008 | 04:18 PM
What's happened, Roger? Why?
Go on... you're the number one.. ever... don't worry and don't overwhelmed by anxieties ... Quiet ... And fight... *Serena*
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