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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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02/02/2008 | 01:19 AM
I just listened to the radio interview that 'brillianroger' told all of us (thank u for that!). we can all see roger's class again in this interview on how nice he speaks of novaks game.

and lets not forget people that Roger's stomach flu was not jus
02/02/2008 | 01:15 AM
This girl is a lucky fan, thanks for sharing!
02/02/2008 | 01:02 AM
Hello all Roger fans!

It gives me such joy to read all your loving, passionate comments! Its funny, but I feel like you're all my friends and it makes me feel so good that Roger has such nice, passionate fans!

To Alma and Sereneyy, thank you for y
02/02/2008 | 12:49 AM
About our difficulty to handle with some players’ and their relatives’ behaviour (in and off court!):

The guilty ones are…

Herr Robert Federer
Madame Lynette Federer
Dame Mirka
different coaches
Roger Federer himself


…they have spoiled us!
02/02/2008 | 12:44 AM
Hey, thanks for the comment, Mitz!

I'm with you! I won't watch Djokovic play unless it's against Roger.......

Patricia
02/02/2008 | 12:39 AM
Last Modified: 1/31/2008 11:36:59 PM

Federer looking ahead to rest of season

(AP) - Roger Federer is hardly dismayed by his Australian Open showing. Indeed, he scoffs at those who talk about his loss there as if it came in an early round rather th
02/02/2008 | 12:33 AM
R O G E R

CONGRATULATIONS on your 4th year anniversary of becoming World No. 1.

“… Roger Federer ranked World No. 1 since February 2, 2004, for a record 209 consecutive weeks…”

Simply FED-tastic!!!!!
02/01/2008 | 11:59 PM
I appreciated Patricia's comments and am with her all the way. I was appalled at the way the Djokovic's acted during that final match. They really are low class. Roger is so far above that it isn't funny and his family is so well bred and you never see th
02/01/2008 | 11:57 PM
hi roger,,,,don't be upset about ao8 but u must be strong and get some more titles.I don't want to watch ao8 matches u played cos i am also very upset that u lost.i know you will get france title in coming grand slam.don't worry.I will be with u.
02/01/2008 | 11:41 PM
Fellow Federer Fans,

Bobbie's quotation was TOTALLY AWESOME! I wholeheartedly agree with it, and I would bet that Roger, himself, does too....

As a former high school JV tennis coach, I saw many "tennis parents" make life miserable for those around
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