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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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10/28/2012 | 11:58 PM
We love you forever.........
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10/28/2012 | 11:46 PM
hard luck roger today..plz come back to Basel, without you, Swiss Indoors will be nothing :(

Read a discussion, if our Roger Federer will renew contact with Basel


Good to know, that you will be #1 on this monday-

10/28/2012 | 11:29 PM
Hello Roger,
It was a very good match, but Juan Martin was jut a little better today. Good decision to skip Paris. You were not at your best today and the difference in fitness and form between last year and this year in Basel was clearly visible. You had an amazing year and played a lot of amazing tennis and booked amazing results, but it has been a lot of tennis.
I wish you a good week of rest and a good preparation and hope to see you back in good shape in London.
10/28/2012 | 11:26 PM
That was a tough match.The result was not on your side
this time but that kind of thing happens sometime.Take a good rest and prepare for London.I'm going to fly over to London to root for you and I can't wait to see our champ!
10/28/2012 | 11:22 PM
f you are where you are for so long with total merit and an unparalleled talent, it's because you learned more than anyone that defeats are part of the sport. How adiministra them and digest them tênoe is the line that differentiates the good of those who are the best. So I define the best and so much more.
10/28/2012 | 11:15 PM
Oh Well.
A close one.
Good to take some time out and recover for London.
All the Best
10/28/2012 | 11:13 PM
Not your day today Rog, although I have to say its never easy to watch you lose. Looking forward to seeing in you in London !!!!
Loads of Love
Christine xxxxxxxxxxxx
10/28/2012 | 11:11 PM
Roger, tu as bien joue contre Del Potro!! C'etait un tres beau match!! :D Mais je viens de voir que TU NE JOUAIS PAS A BERCY~!!! C'est vrai qu'il faut que tu te reposes un peu mais c'est ta DERNIERE CHANCE pour rester TOP 1 cette annee! J'espere trop que tu changeras d'avis le plus tot possible! Je sais que j'en dis trop pour une simple "fan" mais il faut trop que t'y participes~~~ :D On sera tous a tes cotes!! ^0^ Sinon, Bonne Chance pour Londres!!!