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Stopped by Djokovic

19.05.2012 | Tennis, Starseite 2

Roger's quest for back-to-back claycourt titles was ended by a 2-6, 6-7(4) defeat in the semi-final in Rome against Novak Djokovic.

Roger was broken twice in the opening set in their first encounter since the US Open last year. Roger was constantly under pressure and could not keep up with Djokovic's pace in the rallies. After falling a break back in the second set as well, Roger started to play more aggressively, varying his game and broke back after saving a match point. But in the following tie-break, Djokovic made the crucial points to win the match and book a spot in the final against Rafael Nadal.

 
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05/24/2012 | 12:23 PM
Because there is only one reason we are here
and it is to enjoy magic and beauty
because you represent history
because you represent the role model
because there is no other Roger Federer
because there is no other greatest of all times
because our respect and admiration has no end

we believe with all the heart
you will change this history... again!

Go Roger!! go!!
05/24/2012 | 12:21 PM
Because you change tennis history
because you are tennis history
because you are the reason behind this sport
because you are the soul and heart
that moves this world

Because there is no other champion like you
Because there is no other arms the trophies want
because there are no more sublime moments
like this one where you are the star
the reason your fans could fly

Because there is only one reason we are here
and it is to enjoy magic and beauty
because you represent history
bec
05/24/2012 | 10:24 AM
PS: I meant to say still #3 at age 30. And we all know that he is perfectly capable of regaining that #1 position where most everyone believes he belongs. Somehow that #1 does not sit comfortably on Djokovic's shoulders and it is plain that the strain of retaining it is now getting to him. I still maintain if they hadn't homogenized the courts the way they have that Nadal, and particularly Djokovic would have not had their most recent successes.
05/24/2012 | 10:20 AM
There you are again *Williamalphonso* giving advice to a 16 GS Champion and serial Masters 1000 Champion. He does not need your useless advice and he and Paul Annacone are well aware where he needs to tweak his game to reach his full potential at the optimum times. That he is the reason he is still # 3 and, albeit for a short time, #2 in the world. Just wish him well like the rest of us. Go Roger......love, xxxxxxxx
05/24/2012 | 07:40 AM
Dear Rogerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr,

I trust you are practicing backhand & forehand long range shots (baseline rallies), but there is a bigger problem now. You are not able to convert those baseline shots into the offensive, and that's the reason you keep losing points against Djokovic. To play in semis & finals, the smaller problems matter more than anything else. The difference is huge as top ranked players are almost on the same level of the game as your game. The sport is highly competitiv
05/24/2012 | 12:19 AM
My first time to comment on Rogers site. My daughter and I are huge fans of Rogers and I am very excited to be able to comment. We are really excited
for the french open and know you will do very well. You are our no 1 no matter
where you are in the standings. I love Mirka and her support that she gives you
all the time. Your girls are beautiful. Mugs and coppertop
05/23/2012 | 11:55 PM
Hey Champ, I hope you're having nice time with your family and resting well. You did a great job winning Madrid (especially the mental toughness against Berdych) and SF in Rome. That's enough preparation for RG. In fact, you are again capable of winning RG this year. Somehow I'm not convinced with Djoko's losses to Nadal this year. Credit to Nadal, but Djokovic does not simply go down without taking it the distance. I somehow feel he was saving energy for the important one next week. You rock!!!
05/23/2012 | 11:53 PM
heard that Roger has started practising in Paris from today. So excited that the French Open starts next week... Just read an article on Roger's chances at Roland Garros, 2012 :::

http://www.rogerfedererfans.com/forum/topic/295-report-card-of-roger-federers-2012-clay-season-till-date-and-his-chances-at-the-french-open-2012/

Good Luck RF... DO well :)))
05/23/2012 | 02:59 PM
Hi, Roger!
First it showed that ND was step behind in all level. Few unforced error made the change. Better force next time. It would´t surprise to see you beating Rafa at RG in Final. Good luck!
05/23/2012 | 10:30 AM
You are playing great and have had a fantastic year so far. Novak and Rafa had to prove a point in Rome after all their wingeing about the blue clay in Madrid. Good luck in the French. Love, Liz x
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