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Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown

22.11.2008 | Off Court

Roger has now definitely finished the 2008 season with a last exhibition in Macao. He showed another entertaining match, beating James Blake 6-4, 6-4 in the Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown. Roger said he was fit again but will nevertheless take an extended break before the new season begins in January.


"I've been feeling better and better even though I felt sick again at the start of the week. I have felt like my body has been recovering since my last match against Murray," said our World No. 2. "I was feeling well, which is a positive sign. It think it was the first time I really didn't think about my back and that is a good thing."


Roger broke Blake in the fifth game of the second set and retained the lead in sealing the win against Blake, who had knocked Roger out of the Olympic Games in Beijing. "I think people remember that I lost here last year (to Pete Sampras) so they figured they needed to support me to come through against James," Roger said of the crowd support he received in Macao.


McEnroe and Blake beat Roger and Björn Borg, 10-7 in the doubles finale.




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11/24/2008 | 01:04 AM
Enjoy your time off with Mirka, your family and friends. Best of luck always & Happy 2009. As always we are rooting for you and wish you the best. Go Roger!!!!!!.
11/24/2008 | 12:54 AM
Hey Roger

i just watched the HL of the match agains Blake in Macao and you guys were wonderful!! really funny and sweet and entertaining...
i envy the people who were there...

i do hope, though, that you won't waste your time and strength on these
11/24/2008 | 12:43 AM
Its encouraging that Roger feels better overall.
That's a good sign.
11/24/2008 | 12:20 AM
Now take a long rest Roger the 2009 is going to be a very tough and exhausting season (as for all top players who plays so many tough matches).

Ok, I admit that these are now some stupid questions, but these things are going through my head at the mom
11/24/2008 | 12:09 AM
Roger I wish you and yours a happy Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year,have a well deserved rest and come back in 2009 even sharper than ever,never forget you are our no.1.Good luck in the Aus.Open x
11/23/2008 | 11:25 PM
Dear Roger,

Enjoy your holiday with Mirka and your family and come back in 2009 better to win all the matches!! :)
Rest a lot my Champ now you can!!

Your biggest fan,
11/23/2008 | 10:51 PM
hi roger how are you of cource you are fine because your last match with blake were amazing what did yo dooooo in the court was sooooo beauty & nice special with fan
roger you are greatest man in this planet
we all with you in the next year this year
11/23/2008 | 10:48 PM
beautiful play you did there too Roger.
with uncountable many beauty shots. congratulate again and wish you the best things in life, in health, in gladness.
take good care of yourself!!!
i'm waiting for you and seeing you very much already now!!!
11/23/2008 | 10:47 PM
My Dear Roger:

What a season this has been. Finally it is over. I think that you are the best. Enjoy your break with Mirka. Sleep untill your heart is contented, get plenty of rest and take care of yourself.

11/23/2008 | 10:36 PM
Dearest Roger

Hope you are well and rested. I admire you so much for giving up your time to play these exhibitions despite your illness and back injury. Hope you feel better soon and have a wonderful, well-deserved break. All the best for the holidays.