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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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02/01/2008 | 11:10 PM
Dear Roger,

"Those who never make mistakes lose a great many chances to learn something"!

I cry for you when you win, I cry for you when you lose. You are the greatest tennis player and my hero and I love you.

02/01/2008 | 08:14 PM
coisas acontecem...
como lidamos com elas...é a diferença!!!
a imprensa as vezes ou quase todo tempo tem o seu papel de céu ou inferno.
é ridículo...ainda bem que não se precisa deles qdo é muito bom ou quase perfeito no que se faz.
não é roger???
02/01/2008 | 06:39 PM

Thanks for that...I feel the same!!

Alma from Durango, Mexico.
02/01/2008 | 06:34 PM
GRACIAS Brilliantroger por esa entrevista que nos mandas... Me siento excelente de escuchar a Roger con ese entusiasmo, como debe ser.

Querido Roger:
Espero con ansia volver a verte en plenitud...Te deseo toda la suerte del mundo y rezo por tí cada dí
02/01/2008 | 06:32 PM
To Naoko's comment:

Agree or to disagree, Novak is quite irritating!!!
02/01/2008 | 05:26 PM
Thank you, brilliant roger for posting this link. It's a great idea!

I listened to this interview and felt greatly relieved because Roger sounded just the usual Roger, not upset or anything. It's a pity that I coundn't see his face. But anyway it
02/01/2008 | 05:00 PM
to brilliantroger

Thanks a lot for posting this interview. Its such a relief to listen to Roger and his good spirits after the craziness last week in Oz. I think all this media hype about Roger losing a match has been put to rest with this interview. G
02/01/2008 | 03:24 PM
To Brilliantroger
Thanks much for posting this link.
Very good interview. Roger sounds in great spirits. His attitude is so good, I am always so impressed by him.
Can't wait to see him on the court again!
02/01/2008 | 02:49 PM
A positive note of this Australian open for Roger. He gets the tournament's record of 91 aces served for man and 40 for Serena Williams. Serve speed 237km/hr for Roddick and 200km/hr for Serena.
Thus Roger probably is improving the
02/01/2008 | 12:03 PM
You're simply the best tennis player that the world has ever seen!