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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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11/16/2008 | 08:09 PM
Roger shd hv beaten Simon - that 2nd loss to him was a bad one.

It doesn't matter if Roger is 2nd or 3rd in ranking....., one check though, did Dj play any professional tournament before AO in 2008 ? This may impact how Roger goes into AO - 2nd or 3rd.
11/16/2008 | 08:08 PM
Absolutely PHENOMENAL match!
If this is a little preview of what we'll be getting in the following years to come then we are surely positive that every single Grand Slam and Masters Cup will be yours to claim Roger. We are proud to be your fans ^^
11/16/2008 | 08:02 PM
Dear Roger:
It has been a long time since i last wrote you something about you that is why i want to tell you that in so many ways you have the most enormous affect on me .
whatching you in shanghi was the absolute punishment espesially seeing you with
11/16/2008 | 08:01 PM
WE MUST SUPPORT ROGER ITS JUST 10 POINTS BETWEEN HE AND DJOKO
COME ON FANNNNNNNNNNNNNNS
WE LOVES YOU ROGER
11/16/2008 | 08:01 PM
WE MUST SUPPORT ROGER ITS JUST 10 POINTS BETWEEN HE AND DJOKO
COME ON FANNNNNNNNNNNNNNS
WE LOVES YOU ROGER
11/16/2008 | 07:56 PM
Roger, I've never had a day where I was not proud to be your fan. You are amazing! You fought like a champion this week...and all year actually, when we all knew you weren't feeling well. I adore you and am so proud of all you accomplished this year. Your
11/16/2008 | 07:52 PM
ROGER HIS POINTS IS 5305
DJOKO IS 5295
JUST 10 POINTS BETWEEN ROGER AND DJOKO
ROGER MUST WIN USTRALIA OPEN
11/16/2008 | 07:38 PM
hie roger well i think that maybe this year dont is the best but you know that you are the most talentous in the tour and the next year you going to be again the number one o.k well i cant wait for start the other season hahaha well bye bye xoxo i love yo
11/16/2008 | 07:25 PM
Ah, Federer, so sad to see you with that pain in your lower back... sorry, I just heard the news today, because I had no time to follow the whole matches at Shanghai... Rogi, but even in pain, you remained determined: "I don't quit once I step on court."I
11/16/2008 | 07:21 PM
Dear Roger,

A valiant effort as always! You have had a great and inspiring year -- the way you have faced the challenges and naysayers is a testament to your integrity and champion's heart and will. That's why we, your fans, will always support you