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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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11/17/2008 | 01:29 PM
Roger, you're always the best. You're always the No.1 with us
11/17/2008 | 01:18 PM
roger i thought u were only concentrating on big touraments now.. I wish u werent playing
the expo with mcenroe and all.. u will tire urself out for aussie open.. maybe that's what blake
and others in expo want.. please dont play:(
take care of urself
11/17/2008 | 12:53 PM
Take good care of yourself!!
I always looking for you.
You are the best, absolutely.
11/17/2008 | 12:50 PM
Roger,

You displayed an amazing performance and sportsmanship, which only you could have done.

I hope you will take it easy and have fun for exhibition match.

Wishing you the best of holidays with your family and friends.
I know the new year 200
11/17/2008 | 12:44 PM
Dear Roger,

It was disappointing for all of us to see you unable to defend your Masters Cup crown this year. But you went down fighting - as you said, to have performed as you did with a back injury, and after a virus earlier in the we
11/17/2008 | 12:25 PM
Guys guess what?
Roger has arrived in Kaula Lumpur safely

Check out the pictures

http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/fanzone/forum/topicview.cfm?uTopicID=24112&uPage=9
11/17/2008 | 11:59 AM
HI FANS,
WE SURE LOVES ROGER BUT WE MUST SUPPORT ROGER COZ ITS JUST 10 POINTS BETWEEN ROGER AND DJOKO.
MY SWEETY ROGER,
I HOPE YOU CAN READ OUR POSTS AND KNOW HOW WE ARE LOVES YOU AND SUPPORT YOU,WHAT EVER MY DEAR YOU STILL NO1 AND THE MAYSTRO
TAKE CA
11/17/2008 | 11:41 AM
BRAVE HEART!!!
YOU ARE THE BEST EVER!
ROGER THE LEGEND!
11/17/2008 | 11:39 AM
I think you are really good, the best ever. This season wasn't like we are used to, you winning many tournaments etc. Although it was a great season I still think you have potential to do better, I see you play wonderful tennis throughout a match but then
11/17/2008 | 11:32 AM
great match with murray: at times you played the best tennis of the year, should be encouraging for next season. i got some tickets for the australian open, hope to finally see you there live!
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