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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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01/31/2008 | 01:27 PM
Dearest fans:

Roger needs a coach??

There's an interesting article:

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=3222520

01/31/2008 | 01:22 PM
Being a champion is not always about keeping on winning- but the true test lies in how strongly does the champion COME BACK!!

The best is far from over for you, Roger. Go- the world is with you.
01/31/2008 | 01:19 PM
Sorry your Finals run stopped. But.... If you never win another tennis match again, you will always be a CHAMPION.
01/31/2008 | 12:17 PM
How true the comment prior to this is!
01/31/2008 | 11:59 AM

I was in Melbourne watching Aust Open men’s final, and I have to say, Djok”b*tch* is so hateful!!!! He is not only annoying, rude, up himself, and arrogant; he does know what respect is and very show off. Everyone there was supporting Tsonga, (how I wi
01/31/2008 | 11:18 AM
roger don't worry, you're always the no. one ;-)
01/31/2008 | 11:11 AM
roger...fight!!!
01/31/2008 | 10:47 AM
Go on, Roger, this is life, but/and you are still the number one! Keep going on, i love you Kiki
01/31/2008 | 10:42 AM
Roger, was so dissapointing that you lost your first campaingh to the grand slam finals in three years .. i hope u can improve, because already more than couple of top tennis player can survive in your game, and even win. I think u also need a coach, a ve
01/31/2008 | 10:03 AM
Dear Roger,
Please consider that match with Djokovic as a bad dream. You are a great champion and you know better than every fan of yours what to do. Competition is always good and we expect you to find and develop more weapons against your competitors.