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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 | 11:30 AM
My Dear Roger,

Well done. It was not an easy match considering your back problem and the recent somach problem. You fought valiantly and did us all very proud. The other tennis players know that they have to be at their very best to beat you. In winnin
11/17/2008 | 11:27 AM
Gannu's comment was so moving. Roger, I hope you can share your thoughts with us through your website. It is so important that we hear from you. Your global community is so concern as we love you in happy or sad times. Gannu expression was beautifully a
11/17/2008 | 11:19 AM
I really BELIEVE IN you...you're the KING OF TENNIS SO show them who's the boss!!!!!!
go my dear...i love you and support you 4 ever,4 one life
11/17/2008 | 11:09 AM
I was there, Roger! Through every shot, every winner, every miss. Beyond genius and grace, I saw the grit and fight only a champion of your singular stature would have. The outcome didnt matter - you were larger than life! You were in pain, yet you didn't
11/17/2008 | 10:30 AM

I PROCEEDED WITH WRITING BEFORE THE END OF THE MATCH, I HOPR I COULD NAVE ENDED IT WITH A CELEBRATION OF VICTORY… IT WILL BE COMING BY HOOK OR BY CROOK!

ANYHOW CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE PLAY AND FIGHTING SPIRIT YOU HAVE JUST DEMONSTRATED IN SPITE OF AL
11/17/2008 | 10:27 AM
Roger, I love you more after this great game! It is great becoz of you! I am now sure I will be your fan even if you retire!
Andy also played well. But just like he said, he will never play like you becoz of your strong heart!
Take care!
11/17/2008 | 09:53 AM
Hello Roger,

I really appreciate your fighting spirit against Murray.

I know you would have wanted to end the season on a high note but like you said “A Hard start and a Tough finish” but we here are very proud of you.

Please REST WELL. I don’t w
11/17/2008 | 09:44 AM
Dear Roger
I would just like to say that your match against Andy Murray was fantastic.There is no doubt in my mind that had you been physically fit you would have easily beaten him,as it was you ran him so ragged he could hardly put one foot in front of
11/17/2008 | 09:37 AM
Roger, best regards from Poland! You are incredible and amazaing. You are king of our hart. Thank you for your passion. You are a true champion!
11/17/2008 | 09:23 AM
dear fed,

just read what you said about the peanuts and being drilled one in the eye. then i read a couple of fan comments. the tv said you were brilliant.

we love seeing you play and fight, but not at the expense of your precious health. you'v
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