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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 | 05:31 PM
I think Roger will learn a great deal from today's loss and will turn this into a burning fire within him , and deep down he will want to beat every single player this year who dared to beat him and will absolutely refuse to lose again to those guys.

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11/14/2008 | 05:30 PM
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Well well well

Despite his efforts to stop Murray's momentum after the tie-break on the 2nd set -having the trainer come when he clearly was ok- the so-called "best-player-in-the-world" still lost...

Murray should have won in two straight
11/14/2008 | 05:30 PM
***eeee

Great post you say it all.
11/14/2008 | 05:27 PM
So very proud of you, others would have thrown in the towel , but not you!!Pretenders can watch out next year!Hope you are able to play with Borg and have some fun.
Enjoy your forthcoming holiday and look after your health! Best wishes to you and yours.
11/14/2008 | 05:25 PM
It may be a heartbreaking end to a tough season.

It may be that Roger should have won it being 4-3 up and on serve.

It may be , it may be , it may be ...........

But one thing is for sure , the way Roger refused to give in , kept receiving treatm
11/14/2008 | 05:23 PM
***JEUX-SET-MATCH***

It's okay. We all know he tried although he was hurting mentally and physically. He gave his all today, with a tremendous will to win. When he was down 3-0 in the third, no one would even think he'd tie to 5-5. To me, he's beyo
11/14/2008 | 05:23 PM
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11/14/2008 | 05:22 PM
dear Roger, we feel extremely proud of you...you are a hero for so many of us, who could have played this match better that you? nobody has your elegancy in the play, it's such a pleasure to see you on the court...i am so thankful for having the opportuni
11/14/2008 | 05:21 PM
JEUX DE BOULE THIS WARING I GAVE YOU
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ARE OUT OF YOUR MIND HOW DARE YOUR
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11/14/2008 | 05:20 PM
Hey there!
you are incredible tonight. keep that fighting spirit of yours buring, champion! :D