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Out against Rafa

26.01.2012 | Tennis, Starseite 2

Roger suffered a 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-7(5), 4-6 loss against Rafael Nadal in the semi-final of the Australian Open today. It was an incredibly intense match, offering the spectators a true tennis-spectacle. 

Roger started perfectly into duel no. 27 with Nadal, breaking the Spaniard in his first service game. But and only a few sloppy points at 4-2 gave Nadal enough room to find back into the set. But Roger managed to take the first tiebreak only a bit later. In the second set, Roger lost his rhythm, giving Nadal plenty of room for a total of three breaks. Our champ then saved a set point in the 11th game of the third set, eventually forcing a tiebreaker. After three unforced errors on Roger's side, Nadal clinched the set on his last of five set points. In set number four, an early break on Nadal's side was enough for him to seal his victory after 3:42 hours.


"I thought Rafa played well from start to finish," Roger said. "It was a tough match physically as well. I'm disappointed, but it's only the beginning of the season. I'm feeling all right, so it's OK."

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02/09/2012 | 02:47 PM
Actually Federer has to change his way of play little bit in order to beat these new youg lads.

Basically Federer doesn't like to play long rallies, he expects short winners
SO he needs to be ready to play long long rallies only then he can beat players like nadal.

Nadal is an exceptional returner of the ball and that irritates Fedex and he just gives up the game

Instead he needs to drag him till the end play long rallies be ready for it only then its possible .
02/09/2012 | 08:07 AM
Will Novak remain at no.1 for 5 years, doubt that, win 16 GS, make 31 consecutive GS QFs. Be called the GOAT by the GOAT. No, but that is just a handful of Federer's achievements. And Federer's best season included 3 GS (made it to all 4 GS finals), 6 ATP 1000 titles, 1 ATP 500, 3 ATP 250 titles in total, and year end championship, and 92-5 win-loss (70-6 to Novak in 2011), so which player has had the most dominant year in history. Only one. Federer.
02/09/2012 | 07:29 AM

Good article. It's a pity that the dynamics of net play and quick thinking are now extinct in the modern day players set-up. Slowing of the courts at Wimbledon is really making it feel like any other grandslam. The exclusive feel of the grass court and the style of play associated with it from a decade ago made this grandslam unique. It's basically killing the title chances of single-handed backhand and serve and volley players.
02/08/2012 | 03:54 PM

Nadal is a lefthanded player and that is problem nr.1 for Federer ( who has
a weak backhand as well.)
02/07/2012 | 10:40 PM
Professional Tennis Today: A Grueling Season or a Grueling Style?

02/07/2012 | 07:49 PM
Roger attack nadal's backhand....his main tactic is not to make errors but he cannot keep away from making errors with his backhand unlike his forehand because he(nobody) can't creat top spin with backhand... nadal can avoid the unforced errors with his top spin because top spin ball go rise first to avoid the net to drop but think about backhand, thats the reason he consistently make unforced errors with his backhand.
02/07/2012 | 07:46 PM
Roger attack nadal's backhand....his main tactic is not to make errors but he cannot keep away from making errors with his backhand unlike his forehand because he(nobody) can't creat top spin with backhand...
02/06/2012 | 10:16 PM
American politics?? Did I miss something?
You are the greatest Roger. If you'd been in the final at Melbourne it wouldn't have been a 6 hour slugfest. What a travesty!
02/05/2012 | 08:50 PM
RF can still win grand slams but he should focus more on his game and stay away from American politics!
02/04/2012 | 08:21 PM
there are two negatives in RF game, the 1st, which he overcame, was the passiveness returning the 2nd serve, well done. The 2nd it's the mental part against Nadal, this area makes him loose critical points, most of the times easy, time and time again. Yes he plays great against RF but that doesn't mean that RF wastes easy doable shots that cost him valuable trophies. I assume if he overcomes that as well he will go on to win at least 4 GS and the #1 slot which is his main focus, guaranteed.
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