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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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01/30/2008 | 05:21 PM
Dear roger... any way it has already been happend. No matter what we say, it can't be changed. However We just want to say, you are always the best one for us. Please take care of your health, that's more important than the champion
01/30/2008 | 04:37 PM
Dear Roger,
I share with all your fans the feelings they describe of your loss, dissapointment and acceptance that one cannot always win, especially when you are not at your best. I also do not at all like Djokovic's attitude and behaviour non and off th
01/30/2008 | 04:10 PM
ESPN says:

"If you're not on your honor's game, Federer beats the living garbage out of you."

And guess what? It's true!
01/30/2008 | 03:37 PM
Roger,I don`t know how to extend my love to you.You,definitely,are not a loser.We all have seen your efforts,and you have given all you should give.
don`t be diappointed,just think of it as a short break,and you will back to the peak,off course!
01/30/2008 | 03:07 PM
Now we know why Roger was so unlike his usual self all through the tournament. No wonder after he was so ill, and so like him to play it down and do his best. We should all cheer him for letting us see him play so many matches despite this, and admire an
01/30/2008 | 02:57 PM
Hi Roger,
what you think of the new number one of the world Novak Djokovic ? It's fantastic !
01/30/2008 | 02:54 PM
Dear Roger, First I would like to tell you how proud we are of your efforts in Melbourne. Making the semi's is no small feat. Secondly, I feel like u could have just as easily won that match. Although he played well but if you were on your game he would n
01/30/2008 | 02:16 PM
Roger: You will always be the best in my eyes. Always the consumate gentleman. You gave us your best and that is all we ask of you. I enjoy every match you play, win or lose. My brother and I get up very early in the mornings to watch you live and enjoy
01/30/2008 | 01:36 PM
federer keep looking forward, you still alegend.
01/30/2008 | 01:24 PM
you are the best and i hope to see you on tv soon . . . good look my king