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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 | 04:44 PM
Oh, my gosh, Roger.... I'm so very bummed about Andy's, and your loss, today!!! Naturally, i suppose it's only fitting to a season that was full of hurdles.... I can only hope that you forget about the minor tournies in '09, and concentrate on achievin
11/14/2008 | 04:44 PM
I WILL KILL MY SELF
11/14/2008 | 04:43 PM
I WILL KILL MY SELF
11/14/2008 | 04:43 PM
I WILL KILL MY SELF
11/14/2008 | 04:41 PM
sorry ,not only you got hurt,but also you lose your sahgnhai masters cup .maybe it is time for you to have fun. although ,it is a pity ,but look forward your coming back in the coming season.
11/14/2008 | 04:41 PM
Unfortunately I had to stop watching live at 2-4 in the second set, but what I have read here has impressed me as much as this year's Wimbly final...the lust for victory our champ still harbours inside himself. I said it then, and it happened...that most
11/14/2008 | 04:39 PM
I couldn't see much of the match, but looks like I lost a great one:( I picked it at 4/5 in the 3rd, and felt very sorry for the loss. Then I've been reading some of your posts during the match, and it seems that Roger fighted very, very hard! Like someon
11/14/2008 | 04:39 PM
Dear Roger
I'm very,very sorry of ur loss against that wildguy but u know, the important thing is realy ur health just get rest & and u will be strong Insha Allah
11/14/2008 | 04:39 PM
Dear Roger
I'm very,very sorry of ur loss against that wildguy but u know, the important thing is realy ur health just get rest & and u will be strong Insha Allah
11/14/2008 | 04:38 PM
Roger, u showed how much class u have today, Most players would have backed down but u fought till the end. i am so proud to be a roger federer fan, i am wishing u all the good luck in the world. hope u get better . Rest and 2009 will be a great year for