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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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01/31/2008 | 07:46 AM
It's Ok, Roger. We'll always cheer you up. But please mix your game up a little bit. Make it more suttle, complicated, and be aggressive when you have to.... because other young players started to do some amazing things.
01/31/2008 | 07:39 AM
Hi Roger,when i saw your semifinal,i felt that you're not right as before,it's been for a while though,i just let you know i'm your forever fan,take care and come back.
01/31/2008 | 07:02 AM
Dearest Roger,
THIS QUOTE IS FOR YOU. HOPE YOU READ THIS..
You must take pleasure in pain inflicted by people who can't seem to get a life. They live to criticize every inch of you, when in fact every little flaw they see hits them with fangs of jealous
01/31/2008 | 06:02 AM
Hey Roger

It's good to know: you are human after all... And just a man. But, what a MAN!!!

You know, the world knows, the record books are showing it - it is now 210 weeks: you are the best ever!

Johan
01/31/2008 | 05:51 AM
roger, I love you¡¡¡¡¡, we love you and you are the best.... I´m proud of you¡¡¡¡¡

LOVE¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡, LAURA
01/31/2008 | 05:46 AM
I miss you, Champ. I hope you are doing much better -- mentally, emotionally and physically. Be assured that we are with you through thick and thin, no matter what happens. Take very good care of yourself and come back firing.

lots of love,
elisse
01/31/2008 | 04:21 AM
He was absolutely determined to beat you. You have much more class and are a much more superior player. I am convinced that this was just a minor and temporary setback for you.
You are and will always be the number one tennis player in the world! Onward
01/31/2008 | 03:53 AM
Roger,we all know you are the best.We love you forever!You are the king of tennis.
01/31/2008 | 02:51 AM
It is sunny outside again!Take care of yourself and you will come back.We are all standing behind you!
01/31/2008 | 02:29 AM
Dear Roger,

It was a great disappointment that you could not get yours and ours 13th this time. But you could at French Open this year. Nadal is not a man made of steel as Psongna had demonstrated. Take care of your health and be Roger. We are sure you