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Roger unable to defend his crown

18.05.2008 | Tennis

Roger was not able to defend his Hamburg title, losing to Rafael Nadal in a three-set thriller: 5-7, 7-6 (3), 3-6.

It was the reverse of last year's final, when Roger won his fourth title in Hamburg and snapped Nadal's 81-match winning streak on clay. It was our star's first defeat after a series of 21 victories in Hamburg, taking home the title in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007.

Roger's start into today's match was most promising, taking an early 2-0 lead and going to 5-1. But Nadal came back impressively after a medical time-out due to pain in his thigh, winning the next five games and the first set. The second set was very similar, with Nadal rallying from big deficits but Roger showing a great display to clearly win the tie-break.

Roger fell behind 1-4 in the third set and was not able to stop the Spaniard from winning his 26th career title. The head-to-head between the two now is 1-8 on clay and 6-10 overall from Roger's point of view. Our number one having as much practice on clay as never before, he will enter Roland Garros - starting in a week from now - with plenty of confidence.

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23.05.2008 | 15:36
Omg, I dunno what just happened to my post! :(

Here it is again:
Hi everybody,

I've been reading all comments the last few days but haven't written (except for a couple
posts I think) because I have developed this habit that I just cannot shak
23.05.2008 | 15:33

K-Ren, page 50: thank you so much for the video Roger Federer: It's not easy..
I think everybody should watch it. Changed my perception of the last few months a little

and I was/am a little guilty
23.05.2008 | 15:32

ezrabartz, page 35, your article on Roger is BEAUTIFUL. Its amazing how you could come up

with such a complicated analysis and description -- I don't think I could! I had to read

the entire thing pretty slowly to understand it.

23.05.2008 | 15:32

TonyN: as always some very well-written posts. Thanks for the reply regarding ATP

time-out rules. Somebody was suggesting that they should resume at minus-30 points if a

player were to take a time-out. That sounds good. Would really
23.05.2008 | 15:31
Hi everybody,

I've been reading all comments the last few days but haven't written (except for a couple

posts I think) because I have developed this habit that I just cannot shake off, where I

HAVE to read (or atleast skim through) ALL the pos
23.05.2008 | 14:26

thanks for appreciating my preceeding comment..
i really feel fine on this site; thanks to all people for enjoying and sharing our time in this kind of "home"..

23.05.2008 | 14:08
go roger!
you've got an easy draw at the french open
it's the good one this year
i'm sure you'll make it!
23.05.2008 | 14:00

All we love tennis. We believe in this sport, almost it coulbe be a form of art. I've faith in respect each other, since everyone is a resource, a chance to enrich the overall meaning of this sport.
So I think Nadal is a phenomenal athlete with superio
23.05.2008 | 13:59

Thanks for appreciating my comment, I’m glad that ‘we’ spend loads of time at RF.com every single day, this is home sweet home.

You have mentioned “This is the year for you to prevail even on clay. You can show us and all the world GOOD and F
23.05.2008 | 13:57
Im not sure if Sam is a threat, but Roger played him once and beat him in straight sets

ATP Masters Series Miami
FL, U.S.A. Hard R64 Federer 6-4 6-3

In Monte Carlo he (Sam) played well and got to the Quater finals. Djokovic defeated him