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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 | 01:07 AM
I think it is ok, but Roger. I think you should find a trainer, You need a new one. You need to refresh the way you are playing, I think you need a new point of view in your tennis, that is what a new trainer can give you.
You have to be the first one a
01/31/2008 | 12:40 AM
Your play is always stunning, the field seems to be catching up in some peoples minds, and yet you will always be the one that amazes me. Stay focused on your tennis and your wonderful life. It is going to be an exciting year and every challenge will ma
01/30/2008 | 11:19 PM
The answer to Solaris73 is I don't think much of Novak Djokovic. He has no manners and his family is worse than he is. I want to see him blown off the court and wipe that sickly smile off his face.Right now he thinks he is hot stuff. Wait awhile and see w
01/30/2008 | 11:03 PM
Hi Roger, I'm a tennis coach and I live in Seattle, WA, US. I got up at 12:30am PT to watch your match vs Djokovic and, even though I knew it was going to be a super tough match I had hopes you were going to be able to pull it off. Even though it saddened
01/30/2008 | 08:05 PM
Dear ,
I love you and respect you even more now (if possible at all). You are human allowed to make mistake, I cannot remember who was so focused to stay on 8th place on ATP and you are number one for ages. I am sure that you had some health problems due
01/30/2008 | 08:02 PM
Dear Roger,

I believe us fans have nothing to worry about. Winning and losing are a part of the game and life. Competition is always good and I am sure it enhances your game further. I have no idea why media is being so harsh, they just need some stor
01/30/2008 | 07:31 PM
Dear Friends

An article that will cause no alarm but give great joy to fans of Roger Federer. Cannot wait to see Roger back to full health and giving another masterclass as only he can on the tennis court.

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01/30/2008 | 07:30 PM
Never mind Roger, you will never be anything other than No 1. D'jok will never hold a candle to your brilliance as a player and your nature as a gentleman. He is an arrogant idiot and needs to change his attitude if he wants respect. Lots of love Roger
01/30/2008 | 06:01 PM
As allways very proud to be your fan
All the best that you deserve
Big kiss
01/30/2008 | 05:55 PM
roggie, we all know you'll come back in great style, and you'll win in dubai, indian wells, miami, estoril and at least roland garros during the clay season.
you'll come back and put things back in order and show them what a real champ