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Roger out in Shanghai after thriller

14.11.2008 | Tennis

Roger's quest for a fifth title at the Masters Cup was ended today. Our champ lost the extraordinary final group match 6-4, 6-7(3) 5-7 to Briton Andy Murray.

 

"I don't quit once I step on court. Guess you got to drill me one in the eye, then maybe. But otherwise I don't quit," he said. "The body was hurting, you know. Normally a best-of-three match is peanuts. So it was a pity I couldn't handle it today."

 

Roger started off well in the first set, attacking Murray's second serve and breaking him to take a 3-1 lead. The Briton's failed drop-shot attempt handed Roger the set 6-4. In the second set, Murray took a 5-2 lead, but Roger made an awesome comeback to 6-6. But Murray then went on to clinch the tie-break that followed 7-3.

Before the start of the final set, Roger received treatment on his lower back. He fell behind at first, but improved rapidly as the set progressed, and won four games in a row to take a temporary lead. Unfortanately he gave it away, with Murray making it all clear with his ninth match-ball.

 

Another Masters Cup win would have put Roger on par with Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras with five Masters Cup titles.

"It's been a good year, you know," Roger said. "Tough to start off with. Tough to end. But I think it gives me the opportunity to start over all new again next year."

 

 

 
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11/18/2008 | 01:10 PM
hello sorry college is dilling into me.
roger i cant just say that i believe that two bad thing never follow each other. this year was hard on you not because u have stop playing well (but because of your health problems i suppose u hav rlost were u norm
11/18/2008 | 12:24 PM
Roger,
Though you failed in the match, but you are the best in my eyes.
In think every people is winer in that match.
11/18/2008 | 10:26 AM
This season it wasn't a very good one,but I'm sure that in 2009 you will be again NO.1 in the world!!!!!!!!!!Luv u!!Hugs from Romania!!!!
11/18/2008 | 07:48 AM
Good Luck in 2009=]
11/18/2008 | 07:38 AM
Hi Roger, man, I was on the edge of my seat the entire match, it is now Monday 17 November and my emotions are still running high! Thank you for such a wonderful match, I know it is hard to come back from 2-5 to 6-6 and heartbreaking to lose but I think t
11/18/2008 | 07:28 AM
THATS WHY YOU ARE THE ''ONE AND ONLY''
YOU PLAYED A GREAT MATCH
EVEN WHEN YOU LOOSE YOU REMAIN THE ''ROGER FEDERER THE GREAT'' BECAUSE WE ALL FEEL THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN EVERYTHING POSSIBLE
SINCE SO MANY YEARS (FEDERER V SAMPRAS-WIMBLEDON) I WATCH YOU IT
11/18/2008 | 07:20 AM
Roger, u had a good match. I'm very proud of u.
Love u so much
11/18/2008 | 07:19 AM
It is sad that health did not allow Federer to win the third TMC title in three years. Murray snatched the chance from Federer and surrendered it. Of course there is reason to be both angry and glad with Murray. Angry because he spoilt Federer's chance of
11/18/2008 | 05:56 AM
Roger, you played great tennis especially considering your back was giving you trouble. It was great to see you play, and I sure wish that your health will be 100% soon. Backs are tricky, and they generally need time. I hope you don't overdo it by tryi
11/18/2008 | 03:50 AM
someone posted Roger's 2009 schedule from his calendar. It seems Roger will not be participating in the Paris masters nor Monte Carlo. I know Monte Carlo is optional. but wouldnt Roger lose a lot of rankings points. Also, isnt he automatically required to
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