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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 | 04:24 PM
Dear Roger
I think you missed the good opportunity to win Delpo. But that's the game, I am very dissapointed beacuse you could have won (4 BPs in the third set!). Anyway your play is by far the most beautiful,! I can't understand the rules, that NDj has 2000 atp points more!And you are No1!! Maybe someone explains these countings! Wish you a good rest and to come back healthy and fit enough in the greatest shape to finish the season as the best one in London!
You deserve only the best!
Love Mi
10/29/2012 | 04:20 PM
Don't worry Roger, take some rest and go for London...
10/29/2012 | 04:02 PM
Dear Roger,

It's ok. Tough match and it could have gone either way. Get some rest! Good luck with your preparations for London and I'll be cheering for you as always! :)

Your biggest fan,

10/29/2012 | 03:57 PM
Yes, a very exiting match! Wish it had gone your way, Roger. You show such great sportmanship, even after a tough loss, with your gracious words to Juan Martin.

It's always such a pleasure to watch you play, but it's a good decision to step away & not play at Bercy this week. We'll miss your presence & the excitement you would bring to that event, but better to listen to your body. Rest & enjoy a few more days at home before the WTF in London to finish out the season.

10/29/2012 | 03:24 PM
hard luck roger..plz do come back to Basel, without you, Swiss Indoors will be nothing :(

Read a discussion, if our Roger Federer will renew contact with Basel


Good to know, that are #1 this week also-

10/29/2012 | 02:58 PM
Fab-Roger- No worries! Del Potro is an awesome player, and so you are!
I am sure you will end the year in the best way for you.
In here, we all respect you for who you are, not for what you do.
Best aces!
10/29/2012 | 02:32 PM
Dear Roger,you played pretty well this week,showed many beautiful tennis,especially net winners.It's always a great pleasure to watch you play.But I do believe if you could return a bit better,you would have got more opportunities to win.Perhaps you are too tired to be at your very best after a strenuous year.Please take care of yourself,you are so precious,so beautiful .It's always very very painful to see you lose anytime!
10/29/2012 | 02:18 PM
MY Roger,
I m so happy to see U taking a much- deserved REST!!!! U have nothing 2 prove 2 any1 for that matter. ENJOY the break and c U soon at the O2!
Yoz 4eva,
10/29/2012 | 02:00 PM
Sorry for the loss, but you were unlucky, the errors in the final tie break cost you the match but you fought well,this is what needed to win future matches,keep it up
10/29/2012 | 01:59 PM
Some stunning shot-making. Looking forward to seeing you play live in London @ the O2 in the Semis & Finals. Take care.

With you always. (Part III)