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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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01/29/2012 | 12:51 PM
The unforced error which doubled Rafa's says it all.
01/29/2012 | 12:49 PM
All those comments about how Djokovic is doing his business against Nadal
wonder what Federer has to do with them.Federer is 30 almost 31 Djokovic
is 25 years Nadal 26 an average of 5 years or 6 years is huge in sport.
01/29/2012 | 12:42 PM
You are the GOAT but there have been so many missed opportunities. I don't want to see sluggers like Rafa and Djokovich overtake your GS total. It would be a very sad day for tennis if they did. So do something about it, everything you possibly can - you have the resources! You deserve to win more slams but as others have said this season should not go down the pan. We love your style of tennis. Please do your utmost to reverse the head to head with Rafa.
Noor and Kris in Wakefield UK
01/29/2012 | 12:16 PM
i m still very sad.u said dont feel sorry 4r me but i m a true fan of urs.i m sad when i see u losing a match u shud have won.but life goes on roger..... :( never mind improve your mistakes on court federer.
your gr8test fan
good luck for rest of d season n win everything roger especially gs... :>
01/29/2012 | 12:11 PM
i'm very sad... next time better luck! i miss u a lot... i'm very sorry with you...
01/29/2012 | 09:20 AM
Don't worry roger
you have to thought about your wins against nadal and to get inspiration it to beat him in next stages
01/29/2012 | 07:18 AM
I think there is a good chance that if you screamed your lungs out when you are doing bad and saying something like Come on!!!!!!!!!!!! you might have beaten Rafa. I pumped myself up that way once and came back from 5-1 and 5-1 in the tiebreaker in the same set.
01/29/2012 | 07:04 AM
I loved all your strong, inspired play through the AO matches, Roger. Each one had its own character and you played each with inspired intensity and success. The ending score in just one element of the game. It's great to win, but for me the quality of choices and approach are substantially more valuable and worthy. I congratulate you on pushing past the comfortable and easy choices to lead the way to your promise and legacy. kt
01/29/2012 | 05:50 AM
What you need now is


Learn how to REALLY "FEEL and KNOW" you're playing the 1st set after being 2 sents and 3 match points down and finally win the match!
01/29/2012 | 04:52 AM
It's late, but I didn't mean what I said about Rafa. I was just so upset that Roger lost. I lashed out. My father is dying and I'm losing it. I'm sorry Roger. LOVE YA