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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 | 07:29 PM
Hi Roger,
I'm so dissapointed...but you are probably more so. I think these young guys are starting to find their range against you. They have been studying you and trying to find a way to beat you and now the results of that are starting to appear. So,
03/03/2008 | 07:17 PM
Slow start Roger, however, you will pick up the pace as you move along. Next shot Sampras.
Good luck!
03/03/2008 | 07:17 PM
not a good match,good luck next time""
byee
03/03/2008 | 07:15 PM
Hey Roger,
This is a tragedy. Almost every top 10 - 15 player is becoming confident now that they can beat you. Murray is good no doubt, but...

I do hope you can shake it off and move forward to a much better performance at Indian Wells and Miami.
03/03/2008 | 07:05 PM
Dear Roger,

Unbelivable! very depressed and sorrow, whether what's happen on this? maybe every players are very familiar with Roger's form, hope you can get it through and see your smile again. Anyway, I would alway support you!

03/03/2008 | 07:00 PM
EASY guys. Like roger said, in four months, he has only had 7 games, counting the one of today.

Murray has had like 14 already, and never stopped practising, while Roger did.

Andy is definitely top5 hardcourt player in the world, and deserved the vi
03/03/2008 | 07:00 PM
What can i say because u have lost. I wish it dont happen again.

Best of luck next time. We'll be waiting
03/03/2008 | 06:58 PM
To the persons that are wondering:

Fed as 6330 points at the start of the tournament, Nadal has 5930.

The Dubai Open is a 300 point event, so if Nadal wins, he will have 6230 points, which is not enough to overtake Federer, but brings him frighteni
03/03/2008 | 06:57 PM
n.1
03/03/2008 | 06:54 PM
Oh oh, this is not good.. What happend?

I hope next tournement will get better!

Good luck!