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Murray too strong once more

09.01.2009 | Tennis

Roger unfortunately was not able to stop Andy Murray, losing the semifinal of the Qatar Open 7-6 (6), 2-6, 2-6. Murray's career record against Roger now is 5-2 in tour matches.

 

"It is disappointing to lose after the first set when things were going my way," Roger said. "I just couldn't give the knockout punch. But it is not a big thing. Andy is a tough player against me. I hope when big matches come, I beat him."

 

Our champ committed four double faults and had 37 unforced errors, the same number as his winners. In the first set, Roger raced to a 4-1 lead as he dominated Murray from the baseline with his backhand. The Scot then took advantage of a few unforced errors to pull even at 5-5. Roger, the 2005 and 2006 winner in Qatar, fought back to fend off a set point, and served out the set with an ace and a forehand winner, clenching his fist.

 

Roger's level of play dropped in the second set, as he made seven unforced errors against Murray’s three. A double service break handed the Scot the second set 6-2, as he took advantage of two double faults in one service game. In the final set, Murray was leading 2-1 when he stopped to get treatment on his lower back from the tournament trainer after showing pain after hitting a serve. Roger, who is one major short of tying Pete Sampras’s record 14 Grand Slam victories, had his serve broken in the next game as the Scot consistently attacked his backhand; then going on to win the match.

 

Next up is the AAMI Classic in Kooyong, the last preparation for the Australian Open starting on January 19th.

 
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01/14/2009 | 05:12 AM
congrats, roger. keep it up..
01/14/2009 | 04:37 AM
Super Roger ! Way to go. Keep up the good work. I am so happy and happy for you. Your play was magic.
marie in Mtl
01/14/2009 | 04:15 AM
CONGRATULATIONS ROGER NICE MATCH, GOOD LUCK FOR THE NEXT.
TENIS PLAYERS SAY THAT WHO WIN KOOYONG DOESN´T WIN A.O. HOPE THAT´S NOT TRUE!!!!!
01/14/2009 | 04:08 AM
***Rogerholics***

Thanks for keeping us up to date with events in Kooyong & Roger's win. We have the ATP Heineken Open on here in Auckland so nothing re Kooyong.

***jamiechin*** p.32

Many thanks for your good wishes, I will certainly enjoy seei
01/14/2009 | 04:08 AM
Djokv has taken a wild card entry to Sydney - he was not su[pposed to play. If he reaches QF / SF he will be ahead of Roger. But i presume rankings will be released only after AO ( my guess ). So if Fed can improve in AO - he may still be ahead at the end
01/14/2009 | 03:59 AM
***Trinimum127,

Right now the rankings are:

Nada 13160
Roger 10700
Fakovic 10590

Roger picked up a few ranking points at Doha last week, so we'll see what happens this week with the Djerk in Sydney.

Nice to see you posting!!

Cheers,
MC
01/14/2009 | 03:55 AM
***Hughsie/Margaret,

Great to hear from you. I hope you are enjoying the tournament so far--a great afternoon for the Swiss! A couple times in the first set, it looked like wind affected Roger's toss and he had to chase the ball to make contact.

01/14/2009 | 03:50 AM
Hey, Rogerholics,

Nice match, eh? Looked to me like Roger was experimenting with some things, especially at the net. Loved that deep topspin lob in the first set!

Great to see him back on the court. Go Rog!!

Cheers,
MC
01/14/2009 | 03:50 AM
Hello All
We are courtside,Kooyong and just watched the 1st 2 matches --great for the Swiss

Roger LOOKS very well which is wonderful news for us all. He won 6-2,6-4
He played well, movement very good, the flexibilty of his forehand stunning as ever,
01/14/2009 | 03:45 AM
Bravo Roger!
CONGRATULATiONS.

Beautiful play today (in Poland tonight - 4 am).
Nice to see you on court again.

Good night to everyone. See you next time



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