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Game Over for Switzerland

12.04.2004 | Tennis

Roger had looked forward to playing the French team in the quarter finals of the Davis Cup (Easter weekend, April 9-11, 2004) like a child. Especially because it was the first time he was able to play in front of his home audience as the world’s number one player. It was also a very symbolic performance in the "Patinoire de Malley" in Lausanne: 1996, aged 14, Roger had only lived a few steps away from the venue when he was training at the national tennis centre in Ecublens. And Roger showed what he is capable of: On Friday he won his match against Nicolas Escudé 6:2, 6:4, 6:4. Two days later he proved his class once again by beating Arnaud Clément 6:2, 7:5, 6:4. Unfortunately Ivo Heuberger had had to accept losing his match on Friday 3:6, 3:6, 2:6. And the doubles on Saturday did not prove positive either: Roger and Yves Allegro left the court at 7-6, 3-6, 6-7 and 3-6. So it was the fifth match on Sunday that would decide… And France’s Escudé managed to destroy the Swiss hopes just as he had done three years earlier against George Bastl. Michel Kratochvil fought an excellent match, giving all he had, but Escudé performed on a different level, taking home the quarter finals for France 7:6 (7:3), 6:4, 7:6 (8:6). France will now play Spain in the semi finals. The Swiss Team was rather disappointed on Sunday evening, but was nevertheless in a good mood. ‘It is a pity. We were close to beating them but in the end they were better. We showed a good team performance.’ said Roger Roger is now off to the southern part of Switzerland for a photo shooting before laving for Monte-Carlo. The pictures of the Davis Cup encounter in Lausanne are already uploaded in the photo gallery. Enjoy!

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