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Not a good start

10.11.2008 | Tennis

Roger did not catch a good start at the Masters Cup today, losing 6-4, 4-6, 3-6 to France's Gilles Simon in his first round-robin match.

 

Our champ was sublime in the opening set but lost his way in the next two as Simon took control. Simon, who got his ticket for the season finale when world number one Rafael Nadal withdrew injured, targeted our top seed's backhand with his powerful groundstrokes and sealed his reward with an ace after just over two hours. It was Roger's 14th defeat - and second to Simon - this season. A year ago, Roger faced the same scenario, facing a defeat against Fernando Gonzalez, but then came back to clinch his second consecutive title and fourth overall.

 

In the second match of the day Andy Murray plays Andy Roddick.

 
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11/12/2008 | 03:33 PM
*** Sheleo,
I think it does not make sense that Simon is ahead of Roger. If Koenig said that, I think it's a mistake.

When players have won/lost the same number of matches it's the number of sets won/lost that determine the order.

Roger has a tota
11/12/2008 | 03:31 PM
***boting, That is really scary about Roger's upset stomach. Please, everyone, pray it isn't serious. Hope two more days will bring complete recovery.

***sheleo and ***shinstyle, I don't understand how these things are scored either, but apparently a
11/12/2008 | 03:26 PM
***shinstyle***No, no, no, I'm not saying Roger can't win overall-- of course, he can! I'm just trying to clear up why he isn't in 2nd place in the red group at the moment. I appreciate everyone trying to help but must sleep since I will only have two h
11/12/2008 | 03:18 PM
***sheleo

Wait a minute... that would mean if simon beats the worm and roger beats andy it was all for nothing?!
11/12/2008 | 03:15 PM
***marycorbin***Thanks for replying. It still doesn't make sense to me. Why is Simon in 2nd place if he has won fewer sets and games than Rog? It's the composite that counts, isn't it? Roger and Gilles have each won one, lost one, yet Rog has won more
11/12/2008 | 03:15 PM
Congrats Roger on your win against Stepanek.
All the best against Murray.

***Rogerholics,

Thanks for the update.
11/12/2008 | 03:13 PM
Yes! Great job Roger!! Take care of Murray on friday. Good luck.
11/12/2008 | 03:11 PM
according to the forum federer was sick
last night problems with his stomack
he gave this intervieuw after the match
and say if he had to play yesterday he would
not have been able to do so hope it is not
the mono trouble again my god
11/12/2008 | 03:11 PM
Roger, Congratulations!

Like *tilou, I also would have liked to have seen you smile and wave after you signed the camera. I hope you will at full strength in your match against Any Murray.

Thanks for the live streaming websites. Channelsurfing wor
11/12/2008 | 03:10 PM
***Sheleo,

I'm not sure if this makes sense, but the reason Roger is in 3rd is that Simon is in 2nd and he beat Roger H2H.

MC
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