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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 | 12:25 AM

"eeee" here you go, and click on the kooyong link
01/14/2009 | 12:09 AM
No , Marycorbin

I meant a link to a live stream , please.
01/13/2009 | 11:54 PM
***eeee, it's here:


Or did you mean a link to a livestream?

01/13/2009 | 11:47 PM
Does anyone have a link for the Kooyong classic ?
01/13/2009 | 11:47 PM
Thanks ***Tilou*** would very much appreciate that.
01/13/2009 | 11:13 PM
*** ElaineW
Thanks for your nice comment on the photo.

I will send you a personal message explaining how to post a picture in a forum post.
01/13/2009 | 11:07 PM
***Lucy58*** p.30

Hi!!! Thank you for telling me LOL!!!! Can't stop laughing at myself!!! I had no idea that it only showed up to the person who had done the post.

I will do my very best to get some great photos. They won't be as good as the ones
01/13/2009 | 10:59 PM
There's great photos and reports of Roger at Kooyong, taken by fans who met him there, on the Forum/Roger and Tennis/Fan Reports, Kooyong and AO; also video link to the press conference at Kooyong. He looked just great yeasterday, annd very friendly, and
01/13/2009 | 10:57 PM
"ElaineW" just ignore this comment. It only shows up to you but not to the readers of the forum. It gives you a chance to delete or edit your comment. So go ahead and post your picture, I will look forward to seing you shirt. Enjoy the tennis.
01/13/2009 | 10:51 PM
***Hi Tilou*** p.30

I have tried to do a couple of posts on the Forum but it always comes out "delete this message". I think it may have something to do with ticking the box (re. terms & conditions)on my Membership account page. However, I do not hav