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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 | 05:18 PM
Dearest Roger,

I missed the last few games (well I really did not SEE most of the match). I kept praying for you as I drove to work. I truly admire your fighting spirit. You have the heart of a lion.

I hate watching the matches you lose, but I thin
11/14/2008 | 05:17 PM
Hei Roger

What a great match you had regardless of whether you, not winning the match. All your fans were cheering for you whether they were at the court or at home. It goes to show how much you are being loved. You really have a spectacular fighting s
11/14/2008 | 05:16 PM
Fuiste, sos y seguís siendo el nº 1! Gracias por tantas alegrías!
11/14/2008 | 05:16 PM
JEUS MATCH YOU ARE LA MISERABLE
YOU DONT UNDERSTAND WHAT PEOPLE
ARE SAYING OR THINKING DURING A
TENNIS MATCH I AM SICK AND TIRED
FOR YOUR INSULTS AGAINST ME
GO AND FUCK YOURSELF CUL DE SAC
11/14/2008 | 05:15 PM
Hello Roger,
Just wanted to tell you that you are amazing.
To play such a great match after all you went through during the entire season and especillay during the last ten days. JUST AMAZING.
I read in a Swiss newspaper that you played with a fever v
11/14/2008 | 05:12 PM
Hello Rogerholics Friends

It was just an outstanding match and more than ever we admire and love Rogie for his tremendous sportsmanship and courage.

Now I have a big issue with ***boting.
This character call himself a fan. Tellme what you thing of
11/14/2008 | 05:08 PM
Amazing Roger, thank you all moments this year:)
11/14/2008 | 05:07 PM
But to look beyond the glory is the hardest part
For a hero's strength is measured by his heart

It was a good year, Roger, be proud. I am! See you in 2009!
Love,
XXDebra
11/14/2008 | 05:07 PM
Dear Roger, i'm so extremely proud of you! maybe you lost, but for millions of people you are the winner...you've done so much for the world of tennis, I can't really thank you enough...2009 will be a new year, a new begining for you.Rest and enjoy your f
11/14/2008 | 05:05 PM
Now I hope Djockovic or Davydenko take the title. They would deserve it more than Murray or Giles.