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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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10/29/2012 | 07:12 PM
DEAR ROGER
I TOTALY UNDERSTAND UR DECISION, FOR THE BEST OF U FUTURE. I THINK (MAYBE YOU ALREADY PLANNED IT LIKE THAT) THAT YOU SHOULD ORGANISE YOUR YEARS TO COME IN THE TENNIS WORLD, LIKE SERENA WILLIAMS DO ALREADY; BE INVOLVED IN THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS AND THAT'S IT.
ALL THE BEST FOR LONDON
COME ON ROGERRRRRRRRRR
10/29/2012 | 06:49 PM
Roger, congratulations on an excellent tournament in Basel. Unfortunate you could not come out with the goods in all the critical moments, but it was awesome to see you still hanging there to the wire with Juan Martin! Good decision to rest after an intense week and hope you can come back roaring to London and claim yet another ATP Tour Final and cheers for a great 2013! Go Roger! ¡FELICIDADES POR TODOS TUS LOGROS ESTE AÑO Y MUCHA SUERTE EN LONDRES Y EL AÑO QUE VIENE!
10/29/2012 | 05:43 PM
I'm very desapointed realy , you was very near to won this game , 4 bpts Roger .. Juan was v.good but you had more opportunities to finish him .. But what to do ? I know that if you won Bale , you will be today in paris to deffend your tittle .. But after losing it's impossible to protect your first place.. Good decision , take a rest darling and we will wait for you in london big champion.. God bless you
10/29/2012 | 05:35 PM
Roger i hope you have a good rest:) so you can win the ATP World Tour Finals. You will always be #1 in our hearts! SUPER PROUD TO BE YOUR RFAN<3 We'll wait for you in London champ
10/29/2012 | 05:34 PM
Enjoyed watching all your matches, Champ!
When you were interviewed after the Bellucci match the camera showed your mother watching you - she just glowed with so much love and pride for you, it was truly a beautiful moment.
Best of luck for the tour finals!
10/29/2012 | 05:29 PM
@Roferlegendd thank you for the pic at the link you provided. SO happy to see our Federer san so happy. I feel so relieved and happy now knowing he is happy. I do hope he will continue to play at Basel next year. But it is up to him I guess. I shall be happy if he comes to Japan also. Please do that also our hero. See U.
10/29/2012 | 05:23 PM
Hi Federer san
I spent time at Youtube watching all your Basel finals since 2006 to this year. I enjoyed all your finals and award ceremony including this year's. You played so beautifully every time. Thank you so much again.
Then I watched your this year's Cincy final on Youtube. It was so beautfiul
Yes you are my hero always.
The best of health and family life till WTF
The best of happiness.
The best to all your fans supporting you .
Love from Japan
10/29/2012 | 04:38 PM
It was a very exciting match . You did your best Rogi and we thank you !
Get your much needed rest and on to better days in London !
10/29/2012 | 04:38 PM
I'm almost glad you're passing on Paris Roger; more time for you to rest, and I don't have to bother watching the tournament! Seriously, I hope the extra time does you all kinds of good before London. Rest well!
10/29/2012 | 04:29 PM
We'll miss you in Paris but hope to see you roaring back into form in London!
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