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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 | 03:15 AM
Come On roger
you can be number one again
come on!!!!
11/18/2008 | 02:14 AM
Roger the Great, you are the greatest of all,

My heart is broken for you. I am so sorry that you lost the match. You did all you could. I felt your pain, I cried for you. But I am so proud of you. I always admire your strong character, your strong
11/18/2008 | 01:07 AM
I cannot help falling in love with you.
Now I am just missing you so much.
11/17/2008 | 07:50 PM
Roger you are an amazing athlete and I feel so lucky to get to watch you play with such passion. Can't wait til next year =)
11/17/2008 | 05:39 PM
Hi, Roger --

As always, you showed what a champion you are at heart. I'm glad you now get a chance to get some rest at last. I'm sorry it was Djokovic who won the tournament as I think he is a rather cocky kid who is rather unlikeable, but then again
11/17/2008 | 03:37 PM
Dear Roger,

Don't you know how brave you were for the match? I've learnt a lot from you! Thanks Roger! Best wishes!
11/17/2008 | 02:52 PM
Dear Roger,

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Please take good care of yourself for the coming beautiful future!

Always be with you with all my heart!
Love Ju
11/17/2008 | 02:38 PM
Roger in next year the first are you!
11/17/2008 | 02:30 PM
I never forget ur performance for yourself and every fan. When u struggled to fight with Murray, I almost cried out ! Only iF U continued ur match, I continued to clap my hands loudest and support u to the end!
11/17/2008 | 02:13 PM
hi roger
well done for this fantastic season
u will be back next year for sure
u will win all the tournaments grand slam
u are still the best for ever and ever
have a nice holidays with mirka and family
love u lot
bye bye
sunehri from london
u ro
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