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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 | 04:53 AM
hey how r u my dear
hey cheer up still u hav 2 win more slams more tiltes n alvz remember that u r the best hey n plz send a msg 2 ur fans that u r ok after the defeat
we all reallly love u my roger
n we r sure that this time u beat nadal n win frenc
02/01/2008 | 04:52 AM
I love your face.
I love your body.
I love your fingers. really I mean it; have u people noticed what beautiful hands, and especially fingers he has.
I love your innocence.
I love your class.
I love your mischievous look when u're joking or being f
02/01/2008 | 04:45 AM
and by the way, someone better change the rules of 'medical timeout'. Novaks timeout was BS. he was just tired and he took advantage of the time out (just like Roger has mentioned this about him before). we all saw how tired he was and he just wanted t
02/01/2008 | 04:32 AM
You 're still the one, Roger! The best on & off the court. Have a great season with hopefully a first Roland Garros win!
02/01/2008 | 04:30 AM
My love,
I hope you read all the comments that your fans write for you. Its incomprehensible how someone has inspired so many people. Its not just your tennis; like they all say, its your class, your genuine and humble character.

We will ALWAYS lo
02/01/2008 | 02:39 AM
You are still my number one sports idol!!
I'm not yet completely over your loss in Melbourne, but I believe strongly that you will do great in upcoming events. As a real champ you will bounce back and prove all the critics wrong. Wish you a good
02/01/2008 | 12:26 AM
zthe serbs...likes of Helena jankovic...now N.Djokovic...make use off the medical time out...specially Helena...
01/31/2008 | 10:49 PM
You were nowhere near your best, you just weren't yourself, for some reason. It reminded me heavily of the past two Roland Garros finals and that one semifinal. Those three matches were excruciating to watch, because it came almost as if it was unfair. Ðo
01/31/2008 | 10:30 PM
it was a sad moment..yeah..but roger u're the best...and we strongly believe that u'll be back on track in no time ...u're fedex, right?
01/31/2008 | 10:05 PM
Dear Roger's fans,

Let's stop talking about Djokovic. Most of us witnessed his behavior in the match. The sport of tennis will definitely have his personality influence upon his tennis performance in the long term. As fans of Roger Federer, a man of hi