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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 | 06:43 PM
Tough loss, Roger, but you fought very well today even though you did not play your best and Del Potro played great today. It okay, I look forward to seeing you in Paris or the World Tour Finals! Good Luck and God Bless!
10/28/2012 | 06:42 PM
Totally agree with CHIEK089 that you are a bit exhausted and maybe played just a bit too much - kind of wish you hadn't gone to Shanghai, but you did. It was a great come back today, but you couldn't quite make it and didn't seem happy really. I think whoever posted that you shouldn't play in Paris if you're tired is right, although I'm going to Bercy in the hope of seeing you there. Anyway, onwared and upward. And you're always the greatest
10/28/2012 | 06:41 PM
No he is still no 1 with 11965 points
10/28/2012 | 06:34 PM
Is Roger World No.2 now???
10/28/2012 | 06:34 PM
I was on the edge of my seat in that final tie break! Sorry it didn't go your way this time Roger. Your home crowd were amazing! Best of luck if you go to Paris, if not see you at the WTF - I am going for the first time, can't wait!! x
10/28/2012 | 06:32 PM
I was totally disappointed today!
I was thinking you would definitely win, but sadly del Potro was just too good for you...
Never mind, better luck next time.
10/28/2012 | 06:31 PM
When the match went into a final set, I thought and hoped, of course you would win, but very unusually for you, a poor tie break. However, you made it to another final and will still be number 1 tomorrow. Good luck for Paris and the 02. Love, Liz x
10/28/2012 | 06:31 PM
Roger will remain No 1 with 11965 points whereas Nole will move to 11790 losing 180 points for not playing this year.
10/28/2012 | 06:30 PM
Oh Roger it was a close one, thought you would do it in the end.Really felt for you on your home soil too never mind its a Final!But i always believe you will win everything but not today.Love as always to you from me and all your fans in Liverpool.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
10/28/2012 | 06:26 PM
Roger domani rimarrà n. 1. Lo scorso anno Djokovic giocò a Basilea e arrivò in semifinale. Mi dispiace per la sconfitta. Complimenti a Del Potro. Dopo un anno così intenso capita di fare qualche errore. Non ho ancora capito se giocherai a Bercy. Comunque sempre e solo con te. Nessuno gioca come te. Un altro giocatore la partita di oggi l'avrebbe persa molto prima. Nel tie-break basta un punto. Peccato.