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Roger loses Basel final

28.10.2012 | Tennis, Starseite 2

A scattering of errors in the final tie break of the final set cost our champ the Basel Open Final 4-6,7-6,6-7 against the No 2 del Potro today. This was an exciting match that swayed back and forth and was completely absorbing with some very high quality tennis.


Roger, who won the event in five of the past six years, was seeking his 77th career title to tie John McEnroe at fourth on the Open Era list. Del Potro ended a six-match losing streak against our top-ranked champ, which also included a five-set defeat at the French Open."You deserved it," Roger told his opponent on court. "You had a couple of tough losses against me this year and I'm really happy for you." Del Potro's victory in 2 hours, 44 minutes compared to his 4-hour, 26-minute defeat at the Olympics -the longest three-set match in history - when Roger won the decider 19-17 on Centre Court, Wimbledon.As he did at Roland Garros and the Olympics, Del Potro took the first set, breaking Roger’s serve in the fifth game after a 21 shot rally.Our champ struggled briefly with his ground strokes, netting two forehands and a backhand to give Del Potro the lead.The second-seeded Del Potro relied on solid serving and unleashed blistering forehands when needed. He took his first set point chance when Roger sent a backhand wide. Both players wasted their only break chances in the second set, which hinged on a tense service game at 5-5 by Roger. Facing break point, Roger struck a brilliant forehand crosscourt winner then saw Del Potro slip up by netting a sliced backhand on the next point.Roger controlled the tiebreaker and punched the air when he levelled the match, as Del Potro let a backhand drift wide.Roger held three break points at 1-1 in the deciding set, but Del Potro saved them all before firing an ace to win the game.A wild forehand from our champ let another break chance slip in the seventh game, which Del Potro clinched with another ace. Roger was electrifying at 5-6 down and struck three straight aces to force another tie-breaker.Roger then netted a topspin forehand giving del Potro his first match-point chance on another wayward forehand from the top-seeded Roger. In spite of the result not going Roger’s way, it was a match that was full of quality & entertaining tennis from both men.

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11/08/2012 | 12:44 PM
Sorry for the defeat :(

Receive all my support. Go Roger!!
11/06/2012 | 05:23 PM
This match I saw, too. Never mind!!! It was so close and after a win 1st tie-break - it was so much great!!! Amazing Finals!!! GOO ROGER!!! GOO!!!
11/03/2012 | 03:36 PM
Bad news Roger:(((

Best wishes for Barclay world tour finals.
11/02/2012 | 05:31 PM
feeling very sad... but it's not necessary that u win always...u played really good bt Delpo was better player of the day... Hope u get to your level in London. And pulling out of Paris is a good decision... Love u Roger...It's always pleasure to see u playing, weather u win or lose...
11/02/2012 | 11:04 AM
I'm sorry that you lost.
Kind words after the match,
10/31/2012 | 10:34 PM
Rog! Don't mind! You just keep going forward!! Please take good care of your injury and come back in the best condition! We will love to see you play many more years!!
I always look up to your determination and tremendous effort !!!! Love!!!
10/31/2012 | 05:30 PM

10/31/2012 | 11:19 AM
O dear Roger what happened you went all to pot I felt sure you would win the last tie breaker well never mind.
I look forward to th O2 but you are going to have to do better than how you played
last week.You are stiil number one no matter what the stas say and you are a far better player than Novak and a better sportsman. good luck lots of love always Helen xxxxx
10/31/2012 | 06:09 AM
To our dear Maestro RF,
We are all going to miss you in Paris. But we are very happy that you are going to have some rests. And we are praying so hard that you are going to win in your last tourney this year. Hopefully you will defend your title and stay as the #1 player in the world. More GS to come! Wishing you all the very best in your career. May God be with you always and the whole family. We love you, Maestro. Take care. We are with you forever no matter what! You are the living legend...
10/31/2012 | 02:32 AM
Hello dear Roger!
I was so very, very sad on Sunday, then I saw your beautiful smile all around ......
You are really something else, or rather some super natural being that can laugh after losing a match. So refreshing! Thank you for trying so hard. You are Godsent and you will win the next and last tournament. I pray very hard, always.
May God bless you and your entire family.
Love you so much... you have no idea.
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