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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 | 04:23 PM
Conversely, a loss like today will bruisel Rafa mentally, and if only he is beaten in FO final, it'll kill his spirit. We've watched Federer's heartbreak at the hands of Rafa and now Rafa knows the feeling all too well. I hope for RF to be in Nadal's half at the FO, he must not prevent Djokovic from the title this time.
01/29/2012 | 04:20 PM
Eh Roger, I do not know how you're going against these gladiators.
Novak looks powerful and continues to dominate. If this continues he will win the big four this year.
01/29/2012 | 04:17 PM
Difficult to see how Federer's single-handed backhand can move Nadal or Djokovic like in the AO final. Toe-to-toe they went at it and they both held up. Unless Federer could generate the pace like Almagro does and have better consistency, it's going to be an uphill battle for him to get a 17th GS.
01/29/2012 | 03:55 PM
ADI1008

Nadal or Djokovic they will both be a mountain too high for Federer !!!
01/29/2012 | 03:48 PM
Nadal has to pray that Federer will be in the semis at Roland Garros with Djokovic...
01/29/2012 | 03:46 PM
Well at least Nadal hasn't got his 11th slam yet
01/29/2012 | 03:32 PM
until now roger has a ratio winners/points won (46/130=0.35) with nadal, and djokovic (56/188=0.30)....
01/29/2012 | 03:29 PM
you still remain my n 1
01/29/2012 | 03:20 PM
forgotten when the most important N I N T E N D O
01/29/2012 | 03:19 PM
Millenium dear millenium predetors,robots,aliens,copy cats