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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 | 09:13 PM
TTC only showed doubles because FSN had the contract for singles. We posted the FSN schedule in the TMC thread on the forum. FSN had IW, Miami, and TMC which ESPN used to have but didn't renew. I hope TTC gets the rights for IW, Miami, and London Finals b
11/16/2008 | 09:11 PM
Dear Roger,

First of all, I want to tell you I am a extremely proud and loyal fan of yours.

This year as well as all the past ones, you have offered all of us a 'Great Tennis' which we have proudly admired.

It's a shame that you couldn't win in
11/16/2008 | 09:00 PM
*** marycorbin
*** marycorbin

I think that Zimonjic and Nestor do end the season at #1. But I don’t even want to check on the ATP site because I don’t want to see Fako with the TMC trophy… I also hope I’ll see them again next year. Maybe at the Roge
11/16/2008 | 08:48 PM
I DO NOT THINK MANY PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT WENT WRONG THIS SEASON.THE PLAYERS DO NOT REALLY IMPROVE BY MUCH WHEN IT COMES RG GAME. PEOPLE THINK THEY GET CLOSE TO HIM , THEY ARE NOT. ROGER SIMPLY HAD TO STRUGGLE TO MAKE SOME SHOT THAT USED TO BE ORDINARY F
11/16/2008 | 08:43 PM
I believe in You

Open up...
beautiful spirit
Lets make Forever Shine
:)(:
11/16/2008 | 08:26 PM
i love u, i respect u and admire u dear
yes ur lost made cry, but ur heroics made me proud also that i am ur fan, we love u roger, see how many fans u have, see how everyone in the court was shouting 4 u, we love u roger, u r the icon, u think is it only
11/16/2008 | 08:26 PM
Please enjoy a pleasant and recuperative vacation, so you can come back to Number One, where you belong. :)
11/16/2008 | 08:25 PM
Hey Fed. I missed your match, but by reading the comments, it sounded like a battle and the you fought back in style. I took this week off just to see you in the last tournament of the year and I was disappointed when the tennis channel showed nothing b
11/16/2008 | 08:25 PM
i love u, i respect u and admire u dear
yes ur lost made cry, but ur heroics made me proud also that i am ur fan, we love u roger, see how many fans u have, see how everyone in the court was shouting 4 u, we love u roger, u r the icon, u think is it only
11/16/2008 | 08:21 PM
***Tilou, Am I right that Zimonjic and Nestor end the season at #1? I look forward to seeing more of them next year and I also hope we have a chance to watch Frank Dancevic advance in many tournaments. I really like his game.

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