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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 | 10:09 PM
Never mind, but we wanted u to win.
Have a good time rest.
Brave and clever decision,
Waiting to see u in London
Enjoy :)
10/28/2012 | 10:07 PM
I sort of know what happened!! You wanted everything to be even with him because of the Olympics final, right?
Even if that was not the reason, you played a good fight and I'm proud of you. You will always be the best tennis player for me, no matter what. But I want to see you winning the trophy in France and London (I know you will) ;) Best of luck Roger. xx
10/28/2012 | 10:03 PM
Dearest Rogi, sooo close; wonderful fight. Will miss you in Paris, but it's a good decision to take a break before the WTF. Sorry the trophy was not yours this year. Love you, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
10/28/2012 | 09:57 PM
You surely know what to do. Get 100% fit soon and be ready for the last thriller of the year.

I wonder what the new Paris Bercy draw will look like, now that they will have to make the corresponding switching...
10/28/2012 | 09:37 PM
Quando perdi sono sempre tristissima. Condivido la tua scelta di non giocare a Bercy. Ti aspetto al Master speranzosa in una tua vittoria. I tifosi sono incontentabili. Vorrebbero vederti vincere sempre. Ci hai abituati troppo male. Comunque questo è un anno molto positivo e sono sicura che il prossimo andrà anche meglio perché sei sempre tu il più forte. Buon riposo con la tua meravigliosa famiglia. Good luck.
10/28/2012 | 09:33 PM
Too bad it was a final, and your hometown tournament- A tournament you will own some day- But you played well, and it was Delpo's day, so what can one do??
Best wishes and best of health

10/28/2012 | 09:28 PM
Great match, Roger.
It was amazing being in Basel and feeling how the whole public was behind you point after point.

You played well, you didn't win, so what!
You've achieved so so so much over the last 12 months!!

Love being your fan!!!!!!!!
10/28/2012 | 09:23 PM
Just not your day today, unfortunately. Hope you have better luck in London!
10/28/2012 | 09:07 PM
Hi Rog, Disappointing for you, it just wasn't your day, you did your best!. You have achieved so much this year!!!!!. Have a good rest and prepare for London. Take care.
10/28/2012 | 08:53 PM
Love you so much \o/\o/\o/
So happy to know you skip Paris, what a wonderful decision to take a well deserved rest before WTF
Please be happy fans of our Maestro. He achieved what we wish for at the begiinning of this year, I am so proud of our Maestro.