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Old 01-25-2013, 12:57 PM   #811
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Proud of the great fight from Roger. It's such a shame he had that horror draw... But what can you do? Maybe he'll be luckier next time.
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Proud of the great fight from Roger. It's such a shame he had that horror draw... But what can you do? Maybe he'll be luckier next time.
Roger was just staying there. Throughout the match his serve deserted him except here and there showing in flashes. If Murray wouldn't have made so many unforced errors, match might have not gone into a fifth at all. This surface doesn't give Roger any confidence against the young top players.

Still I am glad with the overall performance, the fact that he saved his points from last year here, and maintained his QF streak.

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Probably your best results yet!(?)
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I know I argue a lot with fed fans, but I just want to drop by and credit you guys for sticking by your guy through the whole tournament even with tough draw. Roger did extremely well.

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Q. Did you feel it pull away from you in the first couple games of the fifth set? Was that the turning point?
ROGER FEDERER: In a three and a half hour match, I don't know if it's the beginning of the fifth that was key, you know.
I think overall he probably created more chances than I did. I had difficulties finding you know, getting into his service games time and time again like I, you know, usually do against him.
I think he started off serving well, and then, I mean, fifth set, obviously he did well. I think he played a bit more aggressive because he did create more opportunities over and over again.
I think he was able to dig out of the first game I think it was a 30 All game and then break me the other way around, which was obviously not the start I was hoping for because I was feeling good, obviously, after winning the fourth.


Q. You spoke earlier in the week about the good manners that exist between the players. There definitely seemed to be a bit of feeling between the two of you after 6 5 in the fourth. Can you talk about that. Was there an exchange between you?
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, it wasn't a big deal anyway. We just looked at each other one time. That's okay, I think, in a three and a half hour match. We were just checking each other out for bit.
No, I mean, that wasn't a big deal for me. I hope not for him.


Q. Does it feel like one that got away or one that you were always chasing?
ROGER FEDERER: Obviously I was down in the score basically from the start. Definitely it was more of a chase, you know. I was able to level it a couple of times.
Yeah, I don't know. Look, I think it was a tough match. I think I had my chances a little bit. Obviously you're going to go through a five setter with some regrets, you know.
But overall, like I mentioned, I think Andy was a bit better than I was tonight. I had to find my range a little bit early on, and then, you know, adjust my game style as well, the way I was playing.
So he did a good job, you know, of getting me there. But, you know, I was hoping to do a bit better, but overall obviously I'm pretty pleased with the tournament. I played good tennis. I'm moving well and was fit in the ten sets I played, the last two matches.
I'm upbeat about the tournament, but obviously it's disappointing, you know, going out in five. You know, it's not the first time it's happened here.


Q. Where does this leave you? Every generation goes to new levels. You have Andy and Novak at 25 hitting the ball harder. Where does this leave you now?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, nothing has changed. I've played these guys, what, 60 times, the three guys around me in the rankings. So we know each other really well. We play each other very close very often. Keep on trading wins and losses.
Novak has done probably the best job getting more wins than losses. That's why he's ranked where he is. I, you know, enjoy the matches with Rafa, Novak, and also Andy again tonight. It's nice playing five sets against him. It was tough tennis. I enjoy that.
So I go from here with a good feeling for the year. I didn't play a tournament leading in, so now obviously I know where my level is at. Also knowing I have even more time to work on my game, work on my fitness this year. It's something I'm excited about.


Q. Where do you think Andy's placed now in terms of Sunday night?
ROGER FEDERER: Obviously Novak goes in as the favorite, I would think, even though Andy beat him at the US Open.
But, I mean, maybe a day extra is going to make a difference. But it's not back to back. He has a day. He's had an easy run until the semis, until tonight. Maybe it's something that Andy needed going into the finals.
But obviously Novak is the double defending champion here. I think so at least. He's done really well again this tournament, digging himself out of the hole against Stan, coming and playing good tennis against Berdych and Ferrer.
So obviously a tough match again, and give a slight edge to Novak just because of the last couple of days.


Q. Do you think Andy has learned to deal with the setbacks when they come his way?
ROGER FEDERER: Maybe, you know. I think he's always played me pretty well over the years. He's obviously got a winning record against me. I mean, the matchup's maybe a good one for him, I'm not sure. I don't mind playing against him.
But it's normal that with time and with age you learn, you become more experienced, become physically, you know, better.
Then obviously he's put himself in that situation time and time again, you know. So obviously with the win I think at the Olympics and the US Open, maybe there's just a little bit more belief or he's a bit more calm overall.
You want to be excited, but you don't want to go overly crazy, you know, each and every point. So it seems like he has more peace when he plays out there, and in the process he has better results, I guess.


Q. Would you say tonight was your level being a little bit down or was it Andy's level being further up compared to other matches you played with him?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, it depends which ones you looked at. The one at the Olympic Games, this one was better. If you look at the ones I've beaten him, this one was lower. It really depends what you compare it against.
Like I mentioned, I think it was an open match for both players. We both played pretty good. I think we both at times could have played a little bit better.
Obviously it was a game of chess out there at times as well. You do neutralize each other a lot on these courts as well when you do hit it deep and hard. It's hard to take a deep cut at the ball. So I thought it was a good match.


Q. How much did the match against Tsonga take out of you? How were you feeling coming in?
ROGER FEDERER: Uhm, a little bit, you know. But it's not an excuse for me tonight to say that I lost because of that.
But obviously I wish I could have come in like Andy, as well. Then again, you know, he beat me fair and square tonight. No regrets from me.

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I know I argue a lot with fed fans, but I just want to drop by and credit you guys for sticking by your guy through the whole tournament even with tough draw. Roger did extremely well.

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How can you not stick by a guy you've supported for 10 years or more ... as I know many here on this forum have?

Actually, before the tournament started, I doubted that Roger would get past the q/f. When he did, sadly I took Murray to win the s/f in 4 sets so the fact that Roger fought so hard to take it to a 5th was a bonus and shows yet again what a warrior's heart he has. But he seemed to run out of steam after that effort - and agree with Kat .. would have absolutely hated to see him lose to the Serbian in the final. (I'm still getting over the WTF final!). To have 2 tough 5 set matches back to back is hard going for a 31 year old in today's physically demanding game.

Murray was the better player, no question about that. I wish him well for the final .. in no way could I barrack for his opponent.

And kudos to Andy for refusing to divulge to the media what Roger said at 6-5 in the 4th .... probably unrepeatable anyway.

Impossible not to feel a bit about it all though ... no matter how much lowered my expectations were for Roger at the AO.

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Thanks for posting here.

I knew this draw would be too much for him... Same thing at the USO. I think Murray has much better chances against djokovic on Sunday. If Fed had won the fifth, I don't think he would have been able to make it competitive in the final.
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Damn i thought he was gonna last alot longer. This doesnt look too good imo. Maybe he is getting older.
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Well Roger had a great tournament, and although I didnt see much of him play, he did well.

We all knew it was gonna be a really tough draw from the first round, and he did well tonight! I thought Murray was gonna win in 4, to push him to 5 sets and win that tie breaker was great because it shows the fight, skill and determination he still has to win. To break back at 6-5 in the fourth was phenomenal.

But we look forward, learn from experience and get better from it. Still have so much belief and excitement for the season!
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Also, I have no doubt that Roger would be in the finals if he was in the other half of the draw, or if Murray was in the other half.

Luck definitely had part to play in Roger's success today
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I think he will be fine. I think his mind is telling him he can do it but his body doesnt want him too.
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I agree with this!

Perhaps what I was *most* disappointed with was how he did so well to get the fourth set, then faded away right at the start of the final set, which ultimately gave Murray the lead he went on to win with.

Maybe it was the 5 sets with Tsonga catching up on him. I'm watching the match now so I think I'll be able to see how the 5th set went in terms of Rogers fitness
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Don't worry, people. After a similarly miserable performance in a GS SF last year, Roger went on to win Wimbledon . I am hoping for another French miracle this summer and I hope I can see it live as well .
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