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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 | 07:58 PM
Me imagino que esto debe ser agotador, física y mentalmente. Roger, creo que has cumplido con tus expectativas y llegó el momento de decidir que es lo más importante. Campeón, medita y si tienes que descansar hazlo. Consúltale a Dios, cualquiera que sea tu creencia sobre él. Dios te dará una respuesta. Lo más importante es tu salud y bienestar personal y familiar. Habrán mas campeonatos, partidos, revanchas, etc.. y tú estarás ahí, como lo que eres UN GRAN CAMPEON, EL MEJOR TENISTA, E
10/28/2012 | 07:57 PM
Just read that you are skipping Paris. You did look like you had some sort of limitation to your movements at the Basel finals. You and your team always make the best decisions about these things. I hope the "niggles" will be straightened out in prep for the O2. Good luck and have a well-deserved R and R.
10/28/2012 | 07:53 PM
Bueno, me acabo de enterar, es triste que hayas perdido el título de Basilea y se te descuenten unos cuantos puntos; aunque vas a permanecer una semana más como Nº 1, eso es lo que se comenta.
Esperaba que ganes; pero así es el juego, se gana algunas veces (mayoría) y otras se pierde. en el 2do set, le pedí tanto a Dios que te de una oportunidad y lo hizo, ganaste ese set; pero no fue suficiente para tí. dios te brindó la oportunidad, lamentablemente la desperdiciaste.
10/28/2012 | 07:50 PM
better luck next time CHAMP. Loads and loads of prayers for you.May Allah always bless you. love you loads my dear!
10/28/2012 | 07:34 PM
I think Roger is more than tired after this most wonderful and successful year. I thought he looked tired all week, but he did go down fighting today , he played well and his serve was wonderful . I was worried about how he would be today and was half prepared for him to lose. Clearly playing at home amongst his family. Friends and fans gave him a huge lift, it was an entertaining match. Wrong result though. I think he needs to rest also, not go to Bercy and then win in London!
10/28/2012 | 07:33 PM
Winning and losing is part of the game. But don't lose heart. You are still number one and will stay number one. God bless you.
10/28/2012 | 07:15 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 ----


Please take break from Bercy Masters & come back strong for World Tour finals....

Allez Roger.. Love you , good luck for WTF...
10/28/2012 | 07:12 PM
Guess he's got a bit lucky today,but no need to worry as you've had a great week after all! Wish you will do great in Paris and London :) Maestro For Ever!
10/28/2012 | 07:12 PM
Sorry for losing the finals, Rog. You can't win them all, and you already hold the record 5 Swiss Indoors trophies. Juan Martin was just a little better today, guess wiping away the tears he shed losing to you at the Olympics and at the French when he was ahead 2 sets. I do believe you should play Paris like you did last year to be "match tough" at the O2 in London. Enjoy your hometown, and good luck in Paris.
10/28/2012 | 07:11 PM
Loved your interview this week on why you love the game. If the press doesn't get it well, whatever will be, will be,.....