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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 | 02:32 AM
Hi ***TriniMum127 how are you and how is you ménagerie?
01/14/2009 | 02:28 AM

Hello, Rogerholics!

I'll try to keep up with the chatter. :)
01/14/2009 | 02:27 AM
Dear Roger,

It's OK. Andy is on the top of his game right now just like when you're winning Grand Slams. better luck next time. We know you can do it again. Just one short of a record for the most Grand Slams. You can do it in Melbourne
01/14/2009 | 02:25 AM
***Hello Brian,

nice to watching Roger with you tonight
01/14/2009 | 02:18 AM
have fun Roger and take good care of yourself!!! the broadcast is very great, it has full screen, i can see you from my bed too!!!
01/14/2009 | 02:17 AM
Dear Roger,

I wait for your match against Carlos Moya (now is on the court Stan).
Good luck in Kooyong.
Enjoy your game and have fan!

01/14/2009 | 01:42 AM
Dear Roger,

I just saw your interview on www.sf.tv/sfsport/sportpanorama/index.php and I feel that I must apologize for my earlier comments on p23. I hope you understand that my remarks only came from my deepest wish to see you beat Murray rather then
01/14/2009 | 01:31 AM
boting, seriously, I never realised you were concerned for Roger. I just thought you liked writing in capitals all the time, possibly to aggravate, and criticised his every mistake again and again...'ad nauseam' as they say.

Glad to see you've no such
01/14/2009 | 12:31 AM
Hello fellow Roger fans,

Just on my way to Kooyong to see Roger play Carlos Moya. It was expected to get to 39 today (hot!), but it only got to 33 as the cool change came in early at about 10am. It's now about 24.

Whilst it would have been good pr
01/14/2009 | 12:25 AM

Lovely posted these streams in the forum. I haven't tried them yet:



Hope they work!