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Roger defeated in Madrid final

21.10.2007 | Tennis

Roger was not able to defend his title in Madrid today. He lost to David Nalbandian 6-1, 3-6 and 3-6.

 

Roger made an excellent start, clearly dominating his opponent in the first set. But just as our star looked as though he might run away with it, Nalbandian fought his way back into the match by breaking Roger's serve in the second game of the second set. Roger looked uneasy at the start of the decider and gifted Nalbandian another break in the third game after two uncharacteristically loose shots that drifted beyond the baseline.

 

The world number 25 kept our title-holder on the ropes with some excellent serving and deep returns and broke again in the ninth to claim the sixth ATP title of his career and make up for the disappointment when he lost against Marat Safin in the 2004 final. Nalbandian, who beat world numbers two and three, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, on his way to the final, became only the second player since Boris Becker in 1994 to beat the top three at the same event.

 

It was Roger's first defeat since he lost to Djokovic in the final of the Montreal Masters in August and only his seventh loss of the year. Roger had beaten Nalbandian in eight of their last nine meetings including a 6-4 6-0 win in the semi-final here last year, but the Argentine was the last man to beat the Swiss Indoors when he won the Masters Cup in Shanghai in Nov. 2005.

 

 

 

 

 
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23.10.2007 | 19:28
hey!
its okz dude!
there is no doubt about that you r a no.1 and we all love u and one defeat is not a big deal no try hard for future.
knd regards!
23.10.2007 | 19:28
hey!
its okz dude!
there is no doubt about that you r a no.1 and we all love u and one defeat is not a big deal no try hard for future.
knd regards!
23.10.2007 | 19:22
Roger I was so glad to hear that you are not letting the loss to Nalbandian affect you in any way. I am sure you will do well in the coming matches at Basel and Shanghai. We are all just anxious to see you back on the court and playing again. Just keep re
23.10.2007 | 19:03
I am watching Michael Berrer take a set off you in Basel. What in the world happens to you when you play one set fantastically well and then the next one or two you just bomb? Lack of concentration? I think you need a coach!
23.10.2007 | 18:18
No worries, champ. You had a terrifc tournament--David was just better on the day.
We're behind you 100%. Best of luck in Basel.

Love from your #1 fan in Vermont
Marilyn
23.10.2007 | 17:27
This loss means practically nothing to you and your incredible winning record of 2007. But it means the world to David, that is fighting to regain his motivation on the court. Your number 1 is undisputed for the fourth consecutive year!!! amazing. I loo
23.10.2007 | 17:19
really disapointing.
In the previous matches, Roger showed a kind of problems to break the oponent´s serves, mainly in some returning position. Perhaps this trouble provoked to be defeated by Nalbandian, well trained this time, who knows perfectly some
23.10.2007 | 16:51
hey roger,
tough loss in madrid, i know its been a long year, but its still been a very successful one - compared to every other person on the tour!! :)
please be careful in your upcoming matches, you seem to be playing alot of tennis in the next few we
23.10.2007 | 16:21
i cant believe u lost
23.10.2007 | 16:18
Dear Roger,

Don`t worry for this loss too much. You will serve better in the next match ;)