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Roger wins second Masters match

12.11.2008 | Tennis

Roger kept his Masters Cup 2008 bid alive by beating Radek Stepanek 7-6(4), 6-4 in Shanghai today. It did take a fair bit of work to beat Stepanek, who played in the place of Andy Roddick, who withdrew from the tournament earlier Wednesday with a sprained ankle after losing his opening match Monday.

 

Roger still showed some of the rust that plagued his opening loss to Gilles Simon. His first-serve percentage was higher than in his first match, but the shots still lacked some of their usual sting. "It's been a tough week for me from the start," said Roger, adding his back was fine but that he had a stomach ailment after his match Monday night against Simon and felt "terrible" when he woke up Tuesday. He spent the day in his room, trying to recover. "It would have been impossible to play yesterday," he said.

 

"Maybe I got lucky that Andy withdrew," Roger said. "And then Radek is not playing with his own rackets, so that made it a little bit more lucky again. I hope with a day of recovery, I'll make a miracle happen here and get through into the semis."

 
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11/14/2008 | 06:24 PM
Few Fed & Andy's comments post match:

Fed:
``I don't quit once I step on court,'' said Federer, who noted he had a stomach ailment earlier in the week. ``Normally, best-of-three match, it's peanuts. So it was a pity I couldn't handle it today. Pretty
11/14/2008 | 06:21 PM
****eeee

We know you are a great fan of Roger. Have nice holidays and come back to AO 2009. We all hope Roger will be fit as a fiddle by then!

All the best,
Kei
from Japan
11/14/2008 | 06:20 PM
ROGER, To me you are a winner in every way...incredible match...there were no losers today...rest well and see you in Kuala Lumpur on the 18th of NOV!
11/14/2008 | 06:18 PM
dear roger..

first of all congratulations on ur phenomenal game!!!
u were simply outstanding!!
given that u were injured u still put up a magnificent game against murray!! that matters a lot..
and im sure every single person who saw this game will
11/14/2008 | 06:17 PM
Rogerholics...
Don't waste your time answering *maroni*! Haven't noticed that thing only apears when Roger loses? So, let it have its moment, as in 2009 he won't have many oportunities, hopefully:)
11/14/2008 | 06:16 PM
OH ROGER DONT WORRY, YOU PLAYED VERY WELL, I WAS NERVOUS IN THE MATCH, BUT ISNT IMPORTANT, ONLY IMPORTANT IS THAT YOU CONTINUE PLAY LIKE TODAY.... AND YOU RELAX, HAPPY NEXT PARTIES AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR..... THE 2009 YOULL BE THE NUMBER 1 AGAIN AND WILL WI
11/14/2008 | 06:13 PM
Dear Rogie

Thank you for never giving up, even though you couldn't prevail in the end. I was most impressed by the fact that even when you were down a break or two during the match, you just found a way back in....its no wonder we all love you so much!
11/14/2008 | 06:10 PM
jeux-set-match*****Ditto and double Ditto on your remarks about Boting. I wish he or she would just fade away and stay off Roger's site. This person is a disgrace!!!!
11/14/2008 | 06:06 PM
There is not reason feeling sorry. NO Roger gave it all, and we all know He is not 100% yet. and with the courage Roger showed today I am SURE He will come back in 2009 Renewed and looking for a good Year and come for more Victory and succes! JEAUX-SET A
11/14/2008 | 06:03 PM
Dear fans ,

I am writing my last post for 2008 , thank you all for your comments, forgive me if I had been sometimes too harsh on Roger , but deep down I wish him the very best , and always want to see him the undisputed king of tennis.

I will take
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