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Roger defeated in final

05.06.2011 | Tennis, Starseite 3

Roger was defeated 5-7, 6-7, 7-5 and 1-6 by Rafael Nadal in the final of the French Open today.

 

"It was an exceptional performance by Rafa. He's beaten me again. I'm sad but I am happy to play him," Roger said. "He is the best player on clay but I am proud of the way I have played over the last two weeks but I couldn't do enough against him. It was important to get into another grand slam final."

Roger started strong, breaking Nadal in the second game and taking a 5-2 lead. But it was just when Roger was serving for the set that Nadal found his rhythm and won the following five games to take the first set. The Spaniard continued to play almost without errors into the second set, but Roger managed to hold onto his service games and then break to level 4-4 - only to be broken again in return. Play was suspended for a few minutes due to rain - with Roger coming back onto the court to break Nadal and bring the set into a tie-break - which Roger unfortunately clearly lost.
 
Roger seemed to change his game in the third set and was at his best at 5-5 to go on and book the set onto his account. He continued well into the fourth set and had several break-points, but it was Nadal who made use of the chances he was given and left no doubt that he wanted the match to come to an end.

Roger will now open the grass court season this week at the tournament in Halle (GER).

 
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06/07/2011 | 11:28 AM
It was a pleasure watching you and your fantastic tennis at the French Open - you are definitely back 'on track'............ Wimbledon is going to be great for you! You have many many fans in South Africa and we'll continue to support you always.......... look forward to seeing you live in the ATP Final at year end!!
06/07/2011 | 10:48 AM
...I'm proud of you....today as yesterday....
Good luck for the rest of the season!!!
06/07/2011 | 10:48 AM
Roger, French Open 2011.......almost.......but not quite!!! I went to Roland Garros this time and was very happy that you went on to the finals. It was great able to watch you play LIVE. I dont know if you ever will win a Slam again......and I dont care, because YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY HERO!!!!!!
06/07/2011 | 10:44 AM
Hi Roger, I'm glad to see you play very well in the Semi and Final. If only you had taken the lead in the 1st set, I think you would have won the Roland Garos but you let it slip away... Well what has happened is in the past. I hope you will play as good and possible even better in Wimbeldon. I'm looking forward to another GS title from you... just like all your other fans. Please Roger don't sacrifice anymore for anyone... Go get the Wimbeldon GS and the US Open GS. you can do it.
06/07/2011 | 08:59 AM
He has got a 2 weeks rest.He can think abt it thn as it is most important.The main Grass courters now are Hewitt, Roddick,Berdych,Rafa.Novak plays well but is his weakst surface.Murray is k with it.I dnt think except Rafa thr is anyplayer who Roger needs to care abt.But the slice in Wimby will work betr thn anywhr.So Djoker can be defeated.Rafa has to be taken care of!
06/07/2011 | 08:55 AM
Well,its abt 7 yrs Roger is playin Rafa.Clay is ok.He cant be beaten the.So leave it.But hard and Grass whr he shuld be defeated easily by Roger.He has to do sumthin abt it.Not just play acc to Rafa's wish.Roger is almost 30 and has already won more matches thn Sampras.So it high time he figures it out!
06/07/2011 | 08:02 AM
roger,you give us a fantastic game in semifinal. although you was defeated in final against Nadal, we still support you forever. so, please believe yourself when you play against Nadal. what you need to do most is just be confident. you can work out, you can handle it. come on ! best wishes for Wimbledon.
06/07/2011 | 07:34 AM
1-Congratulations for an outstanding tournament!!!

My beautiful wonderful Roger you played incredible this two weeks it was an absolute delight watching every match, you been moving great and your whole game is in insane shape, you are super fit just an unbelievable athlete. A thousand congrats for the galactic effort!

My admiration for you, your game and all the beauty and wonder you produce with your beautiful body and mind is endless I love you so much!
06/07/2011 | 07:34 AM
2-At the final you played amazing your backhand was something else and all the ways you shot the slice is impressive only you do it, it's incredible! I know you tried your best, you run for all and the way you fought for the third set was fantastic, it was a great battle.
06/07/2011 | 07:33 AM
3-And objectively you're a better player than him, I'm absolutely convinced that you can defeat him in this kind of instance or any other, you are on your way and you've done it before, kick him out of your subconscious, he's like any other player, see him like that.