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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 | 12:44 PM
federer you will have to give come back strongly in basel as we can't see basel crown over the head of player other than you. this crown is always for you federer only for you where you once was a ball boy. you will have to be again in the basel with the crown.
10/29/2012 | 12:40 PM
we always send you messages of love that we have for you. it is my request to you that please give us a combined reply so that we can be satisfied that our lovely federer is in touch with us
10/29/2012 | 12:37 PM
really love you federer. but please don't let yourself to hit our hopes badly like in the basel final. tennis is due to you fed.but i can't bear your defeat in next tour. our best wishes are with you. now it is upto you that either you chase our love for successfully or not. love you federer
10/29/2012 | 12:02 PM
Such a great match! thank you for that. but none of that matters i m with you always.you are such a fighter! all the best for next tournaments. love you!
10/29/2012 | 11:52 AM
hard luck roger today..plz 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 you will be #1 on this monday-

10/29/2012 | 11:30 AM
Thanks for the good match... you know very well: you'll never walk alone!

You're so special because in spite of playing the most beautiful tennis of modern era you don't always win... it's something that makes you so great!

I'm happy for Del Potro as well, he is a great player and perhaps the nicest guy in the top ten (after you), you said it right: he deserved the win.

take care Roger!
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10/29/2012 | 10:44 AM
Due to bad weather our TV didn't work. So I was following the match through internet in the phone with all the scores and stats. In the first set you were 69% total points won and by the end of 3rd set came to 73% I was thinking, you had the mindset of 3sets win out of 5sets. If that was the case, you would have won, dear Mr.Federer. You were so much used to this 5 sets that in between best 2 of 3 sets really confusing isn't it? Win or lose, you have a great respect for the other player. GBY!