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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 | 10:33 AM
Im so sad about Paris! Dear Roger, be care and very good luck to London!
10/29/2012 | 10:19 AM
Dear and Fantastic Roger, i think that yesterday you were no to the top but in the third set you played very well. Good luck for Paris and London because the only true tennis master are you. Many thanks , Mauro
10/29/2012 | 09:43 AM
Its a part of game. Delportro plays well indeed, he control our nervous & he deserve it. But I did observe Roger returned was not good and the backhand problem is still stay with him. Now we hardly see Fed backhand winner in entire match. I hope Fed will have to try overcome this weakness or problem. Take care & Good Luck for London.
Best Wishes
SUny
10/29/2012 | 09:05 AM
ROGER, I SAW THE ENTIRE MATCH AND I AM SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS, CAUSE YOU HAD HIM, ESPECIALLY IN THE THIRD SET, YOU JUST HAD HIM...I AM EXTREMELE MAD BECAUSE OF THE WHOLE SITUATION ABOUT POINTS CAUSE NOBODY DESERVES THAT NO1 SPOT AS YOU DO...LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!! PLEASE, TAKE A REST AND PREPARE FOR LONDON, THAT ITS THE GOAL. TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS YOU!!!
10/29/2012 | 09:03 AM
Hey Roger I still can't believe that you have lost. But you are a real champ indeed.

Best wishes!
Regards
Saima Khalid
10/29/2012 | 09:00 AM
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10/29/2012 | 07:40 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

http://www.rogerfedererfans.com/forum/topic/835-will-roger-federer-renew-his-contract-with-swiss-indoors-basel/



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10/29/2012 | 07:33 AM
I like this sentence :
"In spite of the result not going Roger’s way, it was a match that was full of quality & entertaining tennis from both men. "
10/29/2012 | 07:18 AM
Hard luck Roger. I was expecting Del Potro to win the match and after you lost the opening set I thought it was gonna be a straight set loss for you. But you fought back. You had so many chances to break him in the third set but could not. As you said I'm really happy for Del Potro too. He deserved it after tough losses against you this year.

I am dissapointed you skipped Paris Masters but you need rest too. Good luck in London.. :)