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Andy Murray in round no. 1

02.03.2008 | Tennis

Roger will meet Andy Murray (ATP 12) in the first round of the Dubai Championships on Monday. Roger has not played since his defeat by eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Australian Open over a month ago.  

 

Murray has won already two tournament in the first two months of this year. The head to head currently stands at 1-1, Roger took home the final in Bangkok in 2005, Murray won Cincinnati in 2006. Roger could meet fellow countryman Stanislas Wawrinka (ATP 34) in the round of the last 8.

 

"I knew the draw was going to be tough but this is obviously a bit more particular because my opponent's so high ranked," our star said. "He's already won two tournaments and I haven't even played two tournaments, so it's an interesting first-round match."

 

"I'm saving myself for what's ahead, and ahead is a lot of tournaments," he added. "From Dubai to the U.S. Open I'll not have more than two weeks off ever. So taking the break was all part of the plan. But I'm happy to be back playing, first of all, because I've been away from the game a little bit, taking it easy. It's only my second tournament in four months so I'm just excited being back healthy after struggling in Australia. Hopefully this time round I'll feel better on the court again."

 
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03/03/2008 | 08:15 PM
IMPORTANT COMMENT:
hi roger, it's disappointing but it's not a tragedy; everybody can lose. you got us used to winning almost all the time, but that was something very very rare.
DON'T WORRY, we are sure you'll come back stronger, but i mean all credit
03/03/2008 | 08:13 PM
Take it easy Roger! It's been a long time without playing. You will make it better. GO Roger GO.
03/03/2008 | 07:59 PM
what the f**k is going on with you???
03/03/2008 | 07:56 PM
LOOOOOOOOOOSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
03/03/2008 | 07:50 PM
Hi Roger,
Too bad, but what can you do now? Losing against Murray is not great shame, anyway. It's a pity you couldn't get more matches under your belt, but it's a lost case now.
Just recover, play the exhibition against Sampras in whatever mental mood
03/03/2008 | 07:47 PM
Roger, Roger - while at work working on a long document, I would occasionally peek through the scores, but somehow knew you'd be beaten. I simply worried about your form since AO. The rest of the guys were battling it out in any tournament possible in F
03/03/2008 | 07:47 PM
Well, it's just the start of the season. Roger can't hold the first place in the ranking forever, lets face it, he has done enough. We as fans love to see him on top, but is not the end of the world to loose some steps. It's just tennis for god's sake. Yo
03/03/2008 | 07:45 PM
I'm not happy. .. I think you(Roger) didn't have luck to start playing with Andy.

To lose or win is a part of life, in special, when we are talking about champions like you, Roger.

Go ahead, my champion ... more trophies are coming soon. I trust y
03/03/2008 | 07:36 PM
Our Best Wishes will always be with you.
03/03/2008 | 07:36 PM
Now, Now! I dont feel like watching this exhibition match I bought tix for. Somehow its not the same :((