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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 | 11:09 PM
I am happy that you are healthy and playing tennis. I cannot ask for more. I am amazed at your accomplishment this year. I have not stopped being happy as your fan. NOTHING that the media says will change my mind. You will always be the best in my heart. Now and always.
10/28/2012 | 10:58 PM
Hard to believe you couldn't beat the big stiff! Rest so you can lose again in London when the competition will be stronger. Joker will end the year as number 1.
10/28/2012 | 10:53 PM
Hi Roger,
There was some fight both of you brought into the final day of your hometown tennis tournament. Rest, and be ready for the year end tournament in London.
Best of luck.
Always your fan.
10/28/2012 | 10:49 PM
hard luck roger today............ please-2 come back to Basel, without you, Swiss INdoors will be nothing :((((((((((((((((((((((((((

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


Allez Roger.. Love you , good luck for WTF....
10/28/2012 | 10:45 PM
1-It was a very good tournament Roger and you displayed superb tennis. The final was very exciting; you gave an excellent fight and showed great mental strength. You hit some beautiful aces and shots. It was lovely to see you. Don't be sad, opportunities are wide open for you; there are great things to come. Juan Martin got extremely lucky.
10/28/2012 | 10:45 PM
2-Surely this time off you are taking will help you and let your beautiful body recover, so rest and relax. You'll see that you'll be feeling healthy and fresh for the World Tour Finals; I'm looking forward for that one!

You are the most handsome man in the whole world!!!

I'll miss you, enjoy your time off. Take care my beautiful treasure. See you soon. Cheer up!

I love you so much Roger!!!...
:) xoxoxoxoxo
10/28/2012 | 10:41 PM
Hi Roger!! Congratulations for the final in Basel you play so good. It is a pity that you won't play in Paris and defending de number one, but I desire the best for London and I hope that you win The Masters. Best regards.
10/28/2012 | 10:34 PM
There's no shame in losing that match Roger, it was a tremendous battle. DelPo was on his form for sure, and a worthy opponent. Hope you can enjoy a little bit of rest before Paris and hope to see your matches there...always an utter joy to see you play, win or lose!!
10/28/2012 | 10:21 PM
Dearest Roger:

Never mind, you are unbeatable and unstoppable, when you
lose - you beat yourself, you do not have to prove to anyone,
for all of us your fans wants always you win, you are the best ever,
be ready to the next tournament, go take a good rest, enjoy with your
lovely family my FOREVER CHAMP !!!

I am very proud to be your fan and will always be,
we all love you, Roger !

Lets celebrate the 302 WEEKS as WORLD number 1 !!! LOL !!!

GOD bless you & your family !
10/28/2012 | 10:19 PM
My Darling Roger
It was not meant to be, unfortunately. We, your devoted followers, still admire and love you. Really looking forward to your London visit. Don't be too downhearted,
so much to look forward to.
Love to you and your girls