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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 | 13:40
Hi guys

Sam Querrey, is he a tough player? I really don't know who he is? but according to your posts, he seems tough. Only relief is Djoko, Nadal, Nalby in the same side.
23.05.2008 | 13:19
I think Djoker has got the best quater....... Second best is the first I suppose........
23.05.2008 | 13:15
The upper part of the draw isn't easy, but it isn't black, neither.
I'd had preferred S. Wawrinka to be on the lower side...
23.05.2008 | 13:12
Ya even I saw it like that...................
23.05.2008 | 13:07
I don't see any big threat from tall guys since the matches are 5 setters........... Only thing is he might get a match against Ancic...... If Ancic beats Seppi......... Querry is the first opponent........ But come on les face it atleast Djoker, Nadal an
23.05.2008 | 13:07
Hi LIADS,

I followed the live draw and saw Fish, but now Roger is playing Querry.

Can't understand.

Thanks.
23.05.2008 | 13:05
Federer will play Sam Querrey in the first round. Djokovic is in Nadal's half. Fish will play Calleri not Roger.
23.05.2008 | 13:03
Hi all Fans, UPDATE:

This is my projection in road to the finals:

I think Fed's first match presents more challenge to him than the rest upcoming matches:

1st Rnd: Fed vs S Querrey.
2nd Rnd: Fed vs A Montanes.
3rd Rnd: Fed vs Ancic.
4th Rnd: F
23.05.2008 | 13:02
Fedex100 (p51),

"Because I'm a Roger fan as many other loyal fans here. RF.com is our 'home sweet home'..." Thank you for saying this. What you said is the truth - home sweet home -. I like the way you addressed not singling a few but including all
23.05.2008 | 12:57
Fedex100,

I am not sure about these tall guys.

But let's wait and see if he really gets to play them.

Thanks