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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 | 09:21 AM
u made me proud 2 be ur fan...u are the best ever so head up champ and go 4 no 1 in 2009!! u are always no1 in my heart..in our hearts...ur fans and tennis lovers... take care of u stay healthy and confident ... best wishes 4 u and co...
11/17/2008 | 08:03 AM
Dear Roger,

What an amazing, extraordinary man you are! I had my respect for youbefore, but after this, it is on the highest level ever!

I could not see the first nor the second set, but I saw the third. And althought you lost, you were the winner.
11/17/2008 | 06:44 AM
WOW
Even your loss is amazing. You are a true warior dear roger.
I keep telling my friends that king roger will be No.1 seed again. But they keep saying "federer is not coming back, federer's era went over". I have the faith that you will rule again and
11/17/2008 | 06:36 AM
What an unbelievable match! I just could not believe my eyes the way it swung and the way you put up a fight! It was apparent that you were bogged down with back injury and could not move. Hats off to you the way you fought back from each break down!
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11/17/2008 | 06:16 AM
My dearest Roger,
You lost, it is the truth. But you've presented an exciting match with Andy Murray to me. It’s quite wonderful. From the match, I learnt what is the spirit of “Never Give Up”.
As we all know that you have a great setback this year.
11/17/2008 | 05:55 AM
Dear Roger,
I hope you get plenty of rest this end of season, so that you'll be in top form for start of season next year. I was so proud of you when you continued to play in spite of your injury. I hope you bring with you the same passion next year w
11/17/2008 | 05:35 AM
Dear Roger
You fought till the end, if you were 100% fit the match would have been yours. In my heart you are always a winner, guess time for a good holiday make the most of it. Wish you good health and back into form for next year to win more Gran Slams
11/17/2008 | 05:06 AM
Dear Roger
What an amazing match! To play that well while in pain - that shows the character of a true champ. 2008 was still a great year (63-14). Enjoy time off to recover, rest and enjoy some time with your loved ones. Take care.
11/17/2008 | 05:04 AM
Dear Roger
What an amazing match! To play that well while in pain - that shows the character of a true champ. 2008 was still a great year (63-14). Enjoy time off to recover, rest and enjoy some time with your loved ones. Looking forward to 2009 - sta
11/17/2008 | 05:03 AM
Dear Roger
What an amazing match! To play that well while in pain - that shows the character of a true champ. 2008 was still a great year (63-14). Enjoy time off to recover, rest and enjoy some time with your loved ones. Looking forward to 2009 - sta