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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 | 04:25 PM
u are a fighter roger...next year will be a new beginning for you... we will be all behind you to welcome a fresh start...give the best moments for the others this year...they are nothing compared to your talent and personality...we love you...sleep well
11/14/2008 | 04:25 PM
too bad federer lost to andy murray
11/14/2008 | 04:25 PM
too bad federer lost to andy murray
11/14/2008 | 04:24 PM
Roger, I am so sorry. It seems to me that many goals and dreams for this year did not come through. But also many dreams were realized. Maybe the balance between the two was not sufficient. Go and look after your health and spirit. Rejuvenate yoursel
11/14/2008 | 04:24 PM
Dear Fellow Roger Addicts -

Despite it all, please give Roger a round of applause. He gave everything. I called to be late for work had he won the second set, I'd be on time but no, in the third set, I gave up and again when I turned the computer on
11/14/2008 | 04:24 PM
Roger, That was such an inspirational effort from you. You showed us a will to win that I have never seen before in any sport. Great job champ, rest up and 2009 is yours for the taking. I can't imagine how great the feeling of you winning Wimbledon next y
11/14/2008 | 04:24 PM
Rog, i am sad that you didnt win..BUT next year you will be back!!! Stronger, faster and better!!! You are no.1!!!!
11/14/2008 | 04:24 PM
Dear Fellow Roger Addicts -

Despite it all, please give Roger a round of applause. He gave everything. I called to be late for work had he won the second set, I'd be on time but no, in the third set, I gave up and again when I turned the computer on
11/14/2008 | 04:23 PM
Rogerholics,

Wow, maybe a loss, but still the stuff legends are made of. The commentators said a win for Murray would greatly increase the respect he gets in the locker room, but can you imagine the message to Murray? I'm injured, I've been sick this
11/14/2008 | 04:22 PM
I am so sorry to see that Roger lost this match but it was more than a heroic try on his part and at least he did his level best. That makes me love him all the more.Roger go rest your back and get to feeling a lot better. You are still the most wonderful