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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 | 10:11 AM
Hi Roger:

Hope you are in better spirits now than what you must have felt after the SF loss to Novak at the AO 2008. Totally agree with you that you created a "monster" where you are expected to win every Grand Slam until you break Pete's record (don'
02/01/2008 | 10:03 AM
Roger,
You still the first place in our mind.
We look forward the next match!

Vicky
02/01/2008 | 09:52 AM
Certainly, the surface was new and in addition to the possibility that Roger's illness or lack of "match toughness" played a part, what about all the upsets? The commentators described it as "slower," yet it "rewarded hard hitting?" A very confusing de
02/01/2008 | 08:32 AM
Thanks to Shaida for describing exactly what we love about Roger Federer. You've got it down pat. :)
02/01/2008 | 07:52 AM
02/01/2008 | 07:33 AM
Hi Roger,
Congratulations on your tremendous effort in the Australian Open 2008. What you showed was the great champion in you. You again surpassed my expectations by displaying determination and grace on and off the court.

Time was a factor that bro
02/01/2008 | 07:21 AM
roger you are the best and i want you to be the best for another years. your 2006 season was your best if you want to step up take the trainer then you was have on 2006 !
get back to be the roger we want you to be !
02/01/2008 | 06:40 AM
love you forever......
roger, don't worry....
we'll stand by you for good ....
02/01/2008 | 06:06 AM
Hi Roger!

You seemed relax and relieved.
Have a good rest, be strong and good luck in your upcoming tournaments.
We hope to see you backin court.
We love you.
02/01/2008 | 05:27 AM
I am here again!Then,Allez!!!