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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 | 05:04 PM
dear roger, you played are great game even your back was pain...don't be sad....we always support you...from bottom of my heart i would like to say that YOU ARE THE BEST TENNIS PLAYER EVER...other tennis player cannot replace you...
hope you get rest wel
11/14/2008 | 05:02 PM
dear roger, you played are great game even you back was pain...don't be sad....we always support you...from bottom of my heart i would like to say that YOU ARE THE BEST TENNIS PLAYER EVER...other tennis player cannot replace you...
hope you get rest well
11/14/2008 | 05:01 PM
Dear Roger!
We are very proud of u. You do ur best! Thanks for ur fighting spirit even u have an injury.
Take a rest and have a nice vacation in the rest of the season.
11/14/2008 | 05:00 PM
Wow! It's right after your match with Andy and I'm sooo proud of you! Yes, I know you didn't win and to you, I'm sure that's all that really matters, but to me, it was more inspirational that you played championship tennis with an aching back than if yo
11/14/2008 | 04:58 PM
Hey Roger.... Great effort man........ I m really proud of you... I still think that you caould have beaten Giles though. Anyways like JSM said it would have been impossible for u to play tomorrow and day after.... Besides Davydenko is also in great form.
11/14/2008 | 04:57 PM
Roger, my dearest,

It is sad you lost after such a battle.

But as 'just_a_fan', p39, said, get behind all bad memories of 2008. Rest well and prepare for 2009 season. It will be quite different. A lot of young powerful players with craft come an
11/14/2008 | 04:56 PM
Very sorry 4 your loss today,but head up and no regrets-you fought like a lion,giving EVERYTHING you had and even more.Unfortunately,this time it wasn't enough;just take some rest-you fully deserved that.Remember you're still the GOAT,THE BEST EVER!!!!You
11/14/2008 | 04:49 PM
Roger,

You made me proud, I know you would want to end the season on a high and better note, but considering your back injury and stomach upset plus not having enough training you still played well.

I didn’t see the match, but I got text updates fro
11/14/2008 | 04:49 PM
ALL FANS BOW AND ON YOUR KNEES
FOR THE MAN NAMED ROGER FEDERER
11/14/2008 | 04:49 PM
Do it shoshetaaa, but when he wins GS # 15 in Roland Garros next year.

Just a dark joke, don`t be discouraged, 2009 will be a good year