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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 | 02:13 AM
Dear Roger:
Althogh you dodn't win the match played with Murry,But I respecet and love you than befor.You're No.1 forever in my heart.Hope you good luck in 2009.
11/17/2008 | 02:11 AM
winning in austrailia in january is key for you to have a good season im sure you can do it we love you roger
11/17/2008 | 01:57 AM
fed_fan22,

thanks for your explanation. I am relieved to know that.

Gannu,

i share the same sentiments with you.

I agree with many of you who think his ranking does not matter anymore. I just feel that it matters to Roger, still. I also thi
11/17/2008 | 01:40 AM
I love your roger very muchxxxxxx
11/17/2008 | 12:25 AM
Thanks about this year Roger, it has been very tough for you but at least you got some titles and US open of course. I'm looking forward to see you winning Australian open and a lot more. See you in 2009!
11/16/2008 | 11:48 PM
Thanks hughsie for your post ... I am one of those who knows only too well what Roger has gone through starting off this year with mono .. though he has never made a big deal of it. Watching him play Andy Murray convinced me finally that the French Open
11/16/2008 | 11:41 PM
I LOVE YOU, ROGER EVEN IF YOU QUIT ON THE COURT. YOU ARE STILL THE BEST AND A PLAYER WHO LIKE YOU WILL NOT BE COMMING FOREVER.
11/16/2008 | 11:34 PM
Kia Ora Roger,
Once again thank you for being a truely great sportsman, in delivering a most fantastic performance against Andy despite the back injury - surely on a par with Tiger when he won the USPGA hobbling around with a 'dodgy' knee!! I have treme
11/16/2008 | 11:28 PM
Roger,

Don't even sweat being eliminated at the Shanghari Masters. After your vacation, come back ready for the 2009 season and start your quest to surpass Pete Sampras's record of 14 Grand Slams. Your legacy in Tennis is already cemented regardless
11/16/2008 | 11:09 PM
Flat- Return P 47

Thank your for your post.
I agree that many do not understand why Roger has not won as many matches as usual during 2008 The correct reasons for this, you have given so will not repeat.
Roger has raised the level of tennis . How