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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 | 05:49 PM
First it was... "Shangai them all"...

Then it turned into... "Shangai the rest of them"

Now it's... "Look who got Shangied"

11/14/2008 | 05:48 PM
With today's performance , Roger won even more respect ( plus the respect he naturally deserves ), a true warrior and fighter !!!!!!!!!

No tournament , trophy or prize money can top that.

Because :

11/14/2008 | 05:48 PM
The biggest rival is injury, maybe plus age.
Rog, you are our Number 1!
Hope you getting fit and come back with a brand new 2009 amazing season!
11/14/2008 | 05:48 PM
Our glorious Roger... The Heart of A Champion!!

SHANGHAI, China (AP)—Andy Murray has ousted defending champion Roger Federer from the Masters Cup, rallying for a 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5 victory.

Federer appeared to be bothered in the third set by the sore
11/14/2008 | 05:46 PM
you are truely the greatest in the history of this SPORT!!!!! WE ALL NO YOU WILL BE BACK NEXT SEASON STRONGER THAN EVER!!!
11/14/2008 | 05:45 PM
Well what can I say?, the miracle as Roger said, did not happen... what is incredible anyway, is the fight that Roger gave in spite of his bad physical condition.
I hope that Roger can overcome his health difficulties to begin the 2009 at his top level.
11/14/2008 | 05:44 PM
Magnificent battle, Roger. The way you fought on today makes me think you would have beaten Davydenko tomorrow.

Murray's not Davydenko. He won the match because he was able somehow to withstand the incredible pressure you applied. Good for him!

11/14/2008 | 05:43 PM
Dearest Roger, the greatest champion,

Thank you for showing us your amazing will and greatest effort. It was such incredible match! It may be easy to show good performance when all is going well, but to keep fighting in hardships and still show your
11/14/2008 | 05:43 PM
I hope Roger is clear from any disease by the start of the Aussie Open , I hope he is NEVER struck again by any illness.

I also hope he reconsiders participating in those exos with Borg in Asia , his body has had more than enough this season , it has l
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