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Early end in Dubai

03.03.2008 | Tennis

Unfortunately Roger's quest to defend his title in Dubai already came to an end today as he lost against Britain's Andy Murray 7-6(6), 3-6, 4-6. It was his first defeat in the opening round of an ATP tournament since August 2004.

 

"Normally I manage to win such matches. But not today," Roger analised. "One of the big guys had to go out. It's difficult but it could have been worse. It wasn't a bad match but that's the only positive I can take," he said. "I thought I was missing forehands by two or three metres. That's awful. You have it lined up and suddenly it's out which comes as a shock."

 

It is the second time Murray has defeated Roger, with the first in the second round of the 2006 Cincinnati tournament.

 

Next up for our champ is the NetJets Showdown against Pete Sampras next week in New York.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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03/08/2008 | 07:28 AM
you're still our number 1....
03/08/2008 | 07:18 AM
Dear Roger

I'm really sad to hear that you had been diagnosed with mononucleosis...

Hope you will get better and healthier...it will not get worse..

My prayers are with you..

03/08/2008 | 06:53 AM
My dearest roger:I begin to love u since I watched the game you played with safin in the semifinals in 2005,I foud your passionate in your inner heart which had been hidden so well this two years,and what you showed to us is some more mature aspects,anyw
03/08/2008 | 06:03 AM
Dear Roger ,hope u can cover from ur disease!Take care
03/08/2008 | 05:34 AM
Roger....
Hope for a speedy recovery.....
The fans are with you in this process every step of the way.
03/08/2008 | 05:24 AM
let's go Xpress !!!
you are the best 4rever man . .
03/08/2008 | 05:23 AM
i've heard that you had got a strange sick,so upset!!
roger,i just beg you could be well,nothing more
please,please take care of youself!!!
03/08/2008 | 05:20 AM
Hard Luck.I hope 2008 will not be bad year for U. I hope u will remain No.1 and beat Pete Sampras record.I am really hoping for ur French Open victory.
Good luck.
From Shehzad Siddique.(pakistan)
03/08/2008 | 04:32 AM
No wonder. Because of the illness.... That's why!!!!

As you mentioned, it is unfair to say young guys are coming close to you just because you haven't won a couple of tournaments. You will be back again soon to surprise all the people who doubt your s
03/08/2008 | 04:29 AM
Hello again.

I've just read that Federer had been ill all this time with mononucleosis! It says so here:

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=ap-federer-mononucleosis&prov=ap&type=lgns
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/08/sports/tennis/08tennis.html
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