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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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01/30/2012 | 09:08 PM
Study the tape of Djoke-Nadal and you'll see Djoke always has hit feet set and hits balls cleanly against Nadal. He's taller, so the high bounces are not a problem. He has long legs and wingspan, so he naturally arrives at the point of contact without having to scramble. He and Nadal have steroid racquets. Both hit hard and consistently, conservatively. A boring style, brute strength, baseline.
01/30/2012 | 09:03 PM
Roger commits far too many unforced errors. He is going for winners, but still, he must hit more consistently. At the same time, however, he cannot afford to get into baseline slugging contests with either Nadal or Djoke, because he is more likely to come out on the short end of these long rallies. They both have power advantages. There are many changes that must be made in order to Roger to have a perfect game plan that ends points quicker.
01/30/2012 | 08:51 PM
Tennis is painfully ugly now that classless shirtless Djoke and butt ugly Rafa squat atop it. Except as adversaries, they are to be ignored. Roger's focus should be on settling scores with both. Beating Del Potro was one to cross off this to-do list.

Roger must get a new "steroid" racquet that competes with everyone else's. He must also find a way to overcome unfortunate physical disadvantages against lefty Nadal and taller Djoke, and probably do it within the same tournament to get a major
01/30/2012 | 07:07 PM
Roger you can win Wimbeldon next time for sure. You are better than Novak.
Go for it. Practise hard and come up with great game plan. Without you Tennis will be boring. Go Roger Go......
01/30/2012 | 06:56 PM
I hope you learned something from final, because that is what it takes to win in todays tennis. Its mentally almost unbearing and phisicaly brutal. You cant beat this guys if you are not there 100% all the time. The times when you could cruise to the end of the set on one break are over. Everything comes back, points need to be won twice, maybe three times over and there is no room for letdown (except indoors). You have to be ready for that, or there will be more dissapointment this year.
01/30/2012 | 04:56 PM
Roger plays like he feels that doesnt want to give in about focusing on his BACKHAND but he can win without it he totally avoids the issue, and thats what he has always done with Rafa and this ends up killing his confidence. HE LACKS ON ADJUSTING THE FEET TO HIT THE BACKHAND WELL, like he doesnt concentrate on it completely. its always been THE BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKAHAND BACKHAND BACKHAN BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKAHAND BACKHAND
01/30/2012 | 04:55 PM
Roger plays like he feels that doesnt want to give in about focusing on his BACKHAND but he can win without it he totally avoids the issue, and thats what he has always done with Rafa and this ends up killing his confidence. HE LACKS ON ADJUSTING THE FEET TO HIT THE BACKHAND WELL, like he doesnt concentrate on it completely. its always been THE BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKAHAND BACKHAND BACKHAN BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKAHAND BACKHAND
01/30/2012 | 04:55 PM
Roger plays like he feels that doesnt want to give in about focusing on his BACKHAND but he can win without it he totally avoids the issue, and thats what he has always done with Rafa and this ends up killing his confidence. HE LACKS ON ADJUSTING THE FEET TO HIT THE BACKHAND WELL, like he doesnt concentrate on it completely. its always been THE BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKAHAND BACKHAND BACKHAN BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKAHAND BACKHAND
01/30/2012 | 04:55 PM
Roger plays like he feels that doesnt want to give in about focusing on his BACKHAND but he can win without it he totally avoids the issue, and thats what he has always done with Rafa and this ends up killing his confidence. HE LACKS ON ADJUSTING THE FEET TO HIT THE BACKHAND WELL, like he doesnt concentrate on it completely. its always been THE BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKAHAND BACKHAND BACKHAN BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKAHAND BACKHAND
01/30/2012 | 04:54 PM
Roger plays like he feels that doesnt want to give in about focusing on his BACKHAND but he can win without it he totally avoids the issue, and thats what he has always done with Rafa and this ends up killing his confidence. HE LACKS ON ADJUSTING THE FEET TO HIT THE BACKHAND WELL, like he doesnt concentrate on it completely. its always been THE BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKAHAND BACKHAND BACKHAN BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKHAND BACKAHAND BACKHAND