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Against Murray, Roddick and Simon

05.11.2008 | Tennis

Roger is the top seed at the Masters Cup in Shanghai in the absence of Rafael Nadal, who had to withdraw due to a knee injury. Roger will face Andy Murray (GBR), Andy Roddick (USA) and Gilles Simon (FRA) in the red group.


Gilles Simon was the last player to make the Masters, taking advantage of Nadal's withdrawal. Roger clearly leads the head-to-head against Andy Roddick (ATP 6) 15-2, with the American winning their last match in Miami, though. Andy Murray (ATP 4) caused Roger quite some problems this year as he defeated our star two out of three times (Dubai and Madrid). The most important match - the final of the US Open - clearly went to Roger. The head-to-head is 2-3 in favour of Murray. Roger has played Gilles Simon (ATP 9) once (Toronto, last July), facing a defeat.


The Masters starts on the hard court of the Qi Zhong arena on Sunday, with the final - to be contested over three sets rather than five - on November 16. Roger holds a total of four Masters Cup titles and has played five finals in series.


Red group

Roger Federer (SUI/1)

Andy Murray (GBR/3)

Andy Roddick (USA/5)

Gilles Simon (FRA/8)


Gold group

Novak Djokovic (SER/2)

Nikolai Dawydenko (RUS/4)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA/6)

Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG/7)






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11/10/2008 | 01:41 PM
I never thought Roger losing to Simon in Shanghai !!
Cannot help being pessimistic - if Roger loses all his 3 games and Dj wins Shanghai - Roger may even end being close or actually being no:3 for 2009 !
What a way to start the week !
11/10/2008 | 01:39 PM
***JEUX-SET-MATCH***I was calling Simon a bumble bee myself-- quite irritating! Looks like Roger's movement wasn't as agile as usual and the serve didn't give him many free points. Let's hope he can rebound for the rest like last year.

Go, Rogie!!!!!
11/10/2008 | 01:37 PM
We can't say that Simon was too strong for Roger.
Roger was weak today.

Only 3 aces !!!! Simone fired 7.

Roger had so many break points hcances and most of them were one after the other,ut he lost them.

Now he has to win the other two matches to
11/10/2008 | 01:36 PM
Dear Roger

I hope it's going to be a repeat of last year TMC. Whatever you do, win or lose, I am with you all the way as you know.

Please be careful. I know you are still on painkillers (at least you were yesterday) for your stiff back, so I assum
11/10/2008 | 01:36 PM
it doesn't matter ,roger.
come on.
you'll win...
11/10/2008 | 01:34 PM
I do not see the match. the livescore shows fed has three break point and can't convert one them, that's a shame. Roger couldn't deal with pressure against nadal at wimb final.Fed had break and can't return rafa easy second serve. I can't say anything abo
11/10/2008 | 01:34 PM

Simon is a very tricky opponent-- you did very well! And you will prevail in all your upcoming matches!

***cesardba***"dba" or "doing business as" a Roger fan! C*E*S*A*R, Can Everyone See A Rafa supporter?
11/10/2008 | 01:33 PM
I'm sorry Roger. The first match of any tournament is always tough. You can still win. Stoay positive.
11/10/2008 | 01:32 PM
i'm sure that all of us think of his play with heart's pleasure!!! the beauty which i wrote about earlier is not in connection with any result.
11/10/2008 | 01:32 PM
U dumb ass fans. Bloody hell. Plz dont freaking predict da results before da match ends. Look wut happened. Plz keep ur fucking mouths shut and enjoy da fucking match. Now pray dat simon will loose his next two matches and roddick wins only one match. So
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