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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 | 07:10 PM
Never mind, Roger, being finalist is very good, next tournament in France wait for you and I´m looking forward to see you with throphy again. See you in Bercy, love you, God bless you and your family.
10/28/2012 | 07:10 PM
Stay no.1 dear Roger!!!!! Win the Paris Masters and ATP Worlds Tour Final! Succes!!!
10/28/2012 | 07:10 PM
Great match to watch - such a narrow margin. Both of you served amazing. Just a couple of unforced errors was the edge. Delpo finally back after that horrible wrist injury. Good to see him in the mix again. The way you handle loss is a good lesson for all those ball kids. Hope they got their pizza anyway. Draw for Paris looks good - only Berdych and Murray real threats whereas Chokey has Raonic, Isner, Ferrer, Tsonga.....Waiting out hurricane here - looks bad.
10/28/2012 | 07:09 PM
Dear Champ I´m very sad for the result of the match. This year was great for you, but plenty of trips and commitments. I hope you can keep the Nr. 1, and win again the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris. Be calm and relax, you are strong and healthy, be confident. Anyway we, your fans love you and you are the greatest.
10/28/2012 | 07:05 PM
No problem. The Paris Masters title waiting for you. Orever, you are the best!
10/28/2012 | 07:03 PM
Whatever you win or lose I will be always by your side. Take care and please don't go to Paris next week. London finals are much more important and you need to take a break.
Tons of love
10/28/2012 | 06:59 PM
Roger you need to rest a bit . Please stay off from Paris , so you can sort of recharge for London. Anyway you had an awesome year. We got more than what we could've asked for. Thank you. Some of the shots you played today were stuff of pure genius and God given talent.
10/28/2012 | 06:47 PM
Yes, "he" is still Nr 1 next week, RF website confirms it on the German version of this news.
10/28/2012 | 06:45 PM
Why roger you lose everyday why in the match will you can win whhy you lose
10/28/2012 | 06:43 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....