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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 | 12:44
What's going on? Now Federer plays Querrey in the first round!
23.05.2008 | 12:42
Thank you nija & LIADS

For letting us know about the draw at RG.

Good news Djoko and Nalby on Nadal’s side, I’m not sure it is good news or bad news that the tall guys are on Roger’s side. Can you tell?
23.05.2008 | 12:06
Roger could have win all three past RG, he has an enormous talent, he plays sublime everywhere in the court, from the baseline to the net, he shows incredible shots, he has skills never seen before...
He shows us some pure beauty "through" tennis... He's
23.05.2008 | 12:05
Best chance for Roger to take the revenge from Mardy Fish.......
23.05.2008 | 12:01
Hey Fans,

Hope you are following the live draw.

Roger will be playing Fish Ist round,
Djokovic is on Nadal's half and all the 6"8,9,10 are on Roger's half
23.05.2008 | 11:59
Hey guys,

Djoker and Nalbandian are on Nadals half........ Ferrer and Davydenko are in Federer's half.......
23.05.2008 | 11:57
Hey Fans,

Hope you're following the live draw.

Roger is playing Fish AND DJOKOVIC is on Nadal's Half
23.05.2008 | 11:32
Hi to all Fed fans, how is everyone? new tournament, fresh start!RG draw is going to be out any minute, i am really looking forward to it, hope that Fed has a good passage up till QFs and hope that he wins RG this year!
23.05.2008 | 11:30
The doctors and the medical tests say:
" Rafael Nadal has a muscular break ".
But Rafa has won (It means very much merit).

Nadal did not lie to Federer. Nadal has conquered to Federer 10 games.

You must not be unjust and cruel with Rafa.
23.05.2008 | 11:02
Is nt is at 11 30 french time??????????