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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 | 06:39 PM
ROGER, YOU WILL HAVE A FRESH START NEXT SEASON. THE MONO THAT WREAKED HAVOC ON YOUR GAME THIS SEASON IS OVER. YOU ARE THE CHAMPION AMOUNG NADAL/ DJOVOVICH/ MURRAY. NADAL WILL NOT LAST AT #1. YOU MUST KNOW THIS IS TRUE.
11/16/2008 | 06:37 PM
I saw people are worried about the closeness in ranking between Roger and Novak. But from the begining of 2009, at the Aussie Open, Novak will have nothing to gain but everything to lose. He has 1,000 to defend. If he exits at round 1, he will lose all th
11/16/2008 | 06:11 PM
ROGER we believe you can play very well in the next season.
IT A GREAT MATCH.
I know this must be very hard for you.
And this is a very tough year for you to play.Because the uncomfortable in the beginning of the season. We know this very hard for you
11/16/2008 | 05:39 PM
You played like the champion you are...can't wait till next year to see you in action again.love you always...
11/16/2008 | 04:47 PM
~ marycobrin & ElaineW ~

Thank you for acknowledging my post on page 33. It's refreshing and therapeutic to be able to share our diverse comments and thoughts regarding Roger.

Looking forward to enjoying an exemplary 2009 season of tennis with Roge
11/16/2008 | 04:47 PM
Dear Roger,
I really admire your positive attitude. I think your talent plus your amazing attitude is what makes you a true champion. I didn't get to see the match but I've heard and read about how you fought all the way and really willed your body to go
11/16/2008 | 04:41 PM
*** marycorbin

"Nestor and Zimonjic are a streaky and exciting doubles team to watch."

Yes, they are... unfortunately (for them), they could not play together at the Olympics. But Iloved the match I saw them play and win against the Bryans in Toron
11/16/2008 | 04:39 PM
Fantastic match!Good luck for the next year!
11/16/2008 | 04:39 PM
Roger,
I have watched the game that day, and I was deeply moved. Whether you win the game or not, you are always the best. And I have learnt more from you. You are my idol forever.
11/16/2008 | 04:27 PM
Dear Roger,
Congratulations for a great year despite your health problems. Rest well and enjoy the holidays. We will see you next year.