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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 | 03:42 AM
BRAVO, ROGERRRR!!!!

'Bye, Rogerholics!! That was a good win for our boy today.

***pokah22*** I guess Djerko is now ahead of Roger with his win over Mathieu today? I think Roger was only 10 points ahead. I hope I'm wrong.
01/14/2009 | 03:40 AM
beautiful play Roger and beautiful shots!!!! amazing. beautiful play!!!! congratulate!!!
01/14/2009 | 03:40 AM
Wow you guys are fast..when I came in just now, nobody was around and when I got down to writing a message, everyone was in...hehe..hi everyone and bye and there we go!! Match to Roger!!! Great start!!
01/14/2009 | 03:40 AM
Wow you guys are fast..when I came in just now, nobody was around and when I got down to writing a message, everyone was in...hehe..hi everyone and bye and there we go!! Match to Roger!!! Great start!!
01/14/2009 | 03:40 AM
Roger won 2nd set in 33min, 3 mins shy of 1hr. I guess it was predictable that he would win. Congrats, see u tomorrow.
01/14/2009 | 03:40 AM
Congratulations Roger!
62, 63
Well done!
All the best for your next match!
01/14/2009 | 03:39 AM
BRAVO, BRAVISSIMO ROGIE!!!
01/14/2009 | 03:35 AM
Woo hoo!
One more game and the match is yours!
Go Roger!!!
01/14/2009 | 03:34 AM
what returns again to inside the service box amazing!! and what a fh into cross again!!!! damn!!!
01/14/2009 | 03:32 AM
to Elainew
Hi, I am sorry to bud in, but I must say that I really like the words on your t-shirt. I wish I had one just like that, because it is so true and people will notice...and probably ask about it. Lovely.
marie in Mtl
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