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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 | 03:02 AM
Great lob, Roger!!!
01/14/2009 | 03:01 AM
Go Roger!
5-2 now
One more game and this set is yours
01/14/2009 | 02:55 AM
That was too close for comfort, Roger. Let's take control, now.
01/14/2009 | 02:52 AM
Roger already broken, hope he wins against Moya, he can't take anythn for granted as from now on. And I am wondering why he chose kooyong that doen't have any points while Djoko is laying Sydney with 250 points. Can anyone explain that to me?
01/14/2009 | 02:51 AM
C'MON, ROGERRRR!!!! There are some great cheers from the crowd for you.

Mirka looks quite lovely...

Hi, Tuluta, brian and Tilou.

Tilou, we never got clear pix of Charlotte, and didn't want to risk opening her cage for any length of time!! :)
01/14/2009 | 02:42 AM
Hi Tilou,

nice to see you and Trinimum and JSM too
01/14/2009 | 02:42 AM
Sorry Trinimum, I posted before reading your post.
01/14/2009 | 02:40 AM
*** Trinimum
I see there is still no picture of Charlotte in your profile!
Hope you are well!
01/14/2009 | 02:39 AM
***JEUX-SET-MATCH***

Happy New Year to you and other Rogerholics!!

Hope it brings renewed zest and passion for the game for Roger, and loads of thrills and joy for us watching him.

We've lost a few members of the menagerie. Charlotte, the tarantu
01/14/2009 | 02:38 AM
Hi guys!
Nice to see you Tuluta, Brian, Trinimum and Jeux!

Go Roger!