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Nalbandian defeats Roger in Masters final

20.11.2005 | Tennis

Roger's record-chasing run ended in a dramatic five-set defeat on Sunday to David Nalbandian in the Masters Cup final.

 

The Argentine, who would not have made the eight-man draw if four of the top five players had not withdrawn, ended Roger's 35-match winning streak with a come-from-behind 6-7 (4) 6-7 (11) 6-2 6-1 7-6 (3).

 

The world no. 1 rallied from 0-4 in the deciding set and was two points from victory serving at 6-5 and 30-0 before Nalbandian broke back to force a tiebreaker.

 

Nalbandian earned three championship points when Roger buried a backhand into the net to make it 6-3 in the tiebreaker after 4 hours, 33 minutes. He clinched it when Roger netted a forehand. He dropped to his back on the court.

 

He becomes the first Argentine to win a year-ending tournament since Guillermo Vilas won the 1974 Masters in Melbourne.

 

"It's been a fantastic year. Unfortunately I couldn't win the last one but this year will be a great memory for me," said Roger. "To be back after the injury - I'm happy I made it so far. I'm proud of that."

 

For the world no. 1, it was only the second defeat in four Masters Cup campaigns going back to the 2002 semi-final. He had been in line for the first year-ending hat-trick since Ivan Lendl in 1985-1987.

 

This defeat stops Roger one win short of equalling John McEnroe's 1984 record winning percentage of 96.5.

 
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11/22/2005 | 11:13 AM
Dear Roger
Don't worry about the last game.I think you do the best.It's hard to win when body not 100%.But when I know news you know I am hurt and crying .It's very joke .Good luck next tournament.
Thaifan
11/22/2005 | 09:51 AM
Even though you didn't win, you're still the best in my eyes..Last year when you made 74-6, I never thought that you'd done better than that..But with this year 81-4, I'm sure that next year you'll do better than that :) A true champion is someone who'll
11/22/2005 | 09:37 AM
Don't worry.You will do the best in 2006 again sure.
Take care(injury)
11/22/2005 | 08:59 AM
Dear Roger

I am so sorry and so sad you lost.

Anyway I know you can come back better next year, so not so worry.

At the moment, enjoy your holiday and get recover soon.

Hope to see you be champ again in Australian Open.

Your fan

Choong
11/22/2005 | 08:50 AM
Hi Roger, I am so sad bcos you lost, but somehow I know you sure can come back better next year.

At the moment , pls have a nice holiday and recover well, and I look forward to see you in action in Melbourne and best of luck.

Your fan

Choong
Mal
11/22/2005 | 08:33 AM
Hey Rog!! I'm so sorry you lost...I was completely sure about your victory...but..as one of your fans said...records are made to be broken, so don't worry and be happy!!! You're still being the best and you have everything to keep the tittle of #1 in your
11/22/2005 | 07:07 AM
YoYo, our world number 1 Roger F.defeated by Argentinian David Nalbandian.
What a pity Roger did not earn equal share of the stake when he won the robin round vs David N.
But David N. got the larger share and cup when he wins the final match.

The ot
11/22/2005 | 07:02 AM
YoYo, our world number 1 Roger F.defeated by Argentinian David Nalbandian.
What a pity Roger did not earn equal share of the stake when he won the robin round vs David N.
But David N. got the larger share and cup when he wins the final match.

The ot