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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 | 04:38 PM
Dear Roger,

You truly have a Lionheart!!!! PLEASE PLEASE TAKE THE REST OF THE YEAR OFF!!!!!! Just now you cause permanent harm. Healthwise this wasn't your year but we can still see you have the magic in you. Look after your body without it you can't w
11/14/2008 | 04:36 PM
Dear Roger,

You did a good job with the pain, though you were not the winner tonight, but

But we are just so proud of you, your fighting spirits!!

2008 season was end.

Wish you have a good rest and keep healthy and happy, and confident!!

11/14/2008 | 04:36 PM
dear roger,
to win or lose is not the matter, you have 202371 fans' support
your happiness is everything to us
don't give up and recover asap
forever fan
garry
11/14/2008 | 04:35 PM
KXD - So you don't think Roger would do the same if he was already in the semis?
11/14/2008 | 04:35 PM
Dearest amazing champ,

Thank you for giving us your 300% today in the incredible match vs Murray. I am speechless after that epic battle. So bad it didn't go your way! Andy was great - you did some amazing comebacks in sets 2 and 3 - simply unbelievabl
11/14/2008 | 04:34 PM


RogerFederer,However,u r still no1 in our heart.

u r the best~

I love u

take care !!!!!!!!!!
11/14/2008 | 04:34 PM


RogerFederer,However,u r still no1 in our heart.

u r the best~

I love u

take care !!!!!!!!!!
11/14/2008 | 04:34 PM


RogerFederer,However,u r still no1 in our heart.

u r the best~

I love u

take care !!!!!!!!!!
11/14/2008 | 04:34 PM


RogerFederer,However,u r still no1 in our heart.

u r the best~

I love u

take care !!!!!!!!!!
11/14/2008 | 04:34 PM
THANKS GREAT CHAMP
HAVE A NICE HOLLIDAY AND HOPE
YOU WILL RECOVER FROM THIS
NAUSTY INJURY HOPE IT IS NOT YOUR HIP