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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 | 08:11
just remain cool fedex as u always r...a river lives longer than a tsunami...
23.10.2007 | 07:43
My dear Roger the great,

Wish you all the best for your home town tournament in Basel. You could play Nalbandian again in this tournament. Do not allow him to win against you this time. Take care. Love you always.
23.10.2007 | 07:41
Roger, I remember hearing you once say...there are matches I should have lost and won, and there are matches I should have won and lost. This is just another chapter in the book about the greatest player who's ever been. I know you'll bounce back, and i
23.10.2007 | 06:16
Hello fellow Roger fans! :)

If you liked the RF logo hats that Roger wore this year at Wimbledon and the USO, and can't seem to buy one - do check out the RF hats petition thread on the forum here at RF.com! We're petitioning Roger and his management t
23.10.2007 | 05:41
You are still the best, we know it is not easy to be so consistent thru out such a gruelling season but you kept going. All the best for your next tournament. We know you will do well!!
23.10.2007 | 05:09
whenever u feel bad... we feel worse ...
but its okay...
we are here to see u enjoy the game and we love you most when u are in court
you bring out the best in every player who faces u ... it will never be the same experience playing against the best
23.10.2007 | 03:02
It's all good. You didn't mention it but it sounded like you had the sniffles. You toweled off more often than I ever seen and you even grunted a few times when serving. I think you were operating at 98% and Nalbanian just wanted it more. I enjoyed yo
23.10.2007 | 02:39
Roger,
It does not matter as long as you win 15 grand slams before you retire.
23.10.2007 | 02:16
Even though I am argentine...I really wanted you to win... Nalbandian is a fine player but you must play good all the time... and what he does is not very professional.... anyway...I love you roger...i wish I could see you play sometime...it is my dream.
23.10.2007 | 01:26
you are the best ROGER, you are the king of tennis, Nalbandian is nothing, he's loser, you have the power, you will have the GOLD GRAN SLAM.........