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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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11/16/2008 | 10:57 PM
Dear roger,

It's no biggy.
Take a nice break.
You are forever the greatest player for me.
Love from Curacao

Timothy
11/16/2008 | 10:50 PM
u were simply superb....
GOD..... ur energy levels are extremely good... and i've no words(no one else has for that matter) to express ur skills in the game....
u r, were, n will always be the Genius(inspite of ur lose)... n u've proved it yet again....
11/16/2008 | 10:45 PM
Dear Roger, I think that you must to rest a lot in your holiday. Please relax fully and came back with all your tennis. The next year it`s your. You shure get back your numbuer 1, this number is you`r and you beat the following record`s in 2009: 15 GS; 18
11/16/2008 | 10:40 PM
Dear Roger!
I will admire you always.You are the best tennis player in history.It´s beautiful to watch how you play.I trust that you will be again no.1 next year.But you are no.1 for us FOREVER.
With love.Moonique from CR
11/16/2008 | 10:20 PM
Roger,
I'm sorry I didn't get to see the match. I heard it was a good one, and despite your injuries you played awesome! Coming down from 5-2 to make it 6-6! You are so cool.
Please take some time off to rest and prepare for the new year!
I'm so pr
11/16/2008 | 10:20 PM
Withdrawal symptoms - no more Fed till 2009 - and this year so bitter sweet - so many dramas, highs and lows. But 2009 will be good, I feel it - the ranking doesn't matter - it's the slams - 14 - 15 ... you will be your magnificent self again, Roger wit
11/16/2008 | 10:10 PM
:-)
This year you gave all what you could, which is not all what you have!
See you in 2009!
:-)
11/16/2008 | 10:04 PM
I heard that Novak is going to be #2 in 2009, because he will play in some tournament before AO and he will gain some points and for AO Roger will be #3 so probably he will be in same half with Nadal. But I really don't care if Roger is going to be #3 for
11/16/2008 | 10:03 PM
***Gannu p1
Great post! You've put down all our feelings and thoughts!
There were also some other important thoughts that express our feelings:
“You should be very proud of yourself as we are of you. If you could play so brilliantly with ailing back a
11/16/2008 | 09:52 PM
In these days i saw your match of 2001 with sampras (wimbledon) and your final of Shanghai Master with Ferrer of last year.Explosive tennis.I think that the circuit ATP give you more stress.Simon,Murray,Djokovic are hot.Take relax and please, search the w