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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 | 06:48 AM
Good luck in Paris and London rumbles!
10/29/2012 | 06:36 AM
It was a heartbreaking final but I admire you for being a good sport.
You are a classic when it comes to losing...You will always be admired Roger..
Have a rest since u pulled out of BNP Paribas...
Good luck in London..
10/29/2012 | 06:21 AM
Hola Roger!!!
Tu eres el mejor. Estamos contigo hoy y siempre. Ahora a descansar para terminar la temporada brindandonos siempre el mejor tenis de todos los tiempos.
Te queremos.
10/29/2012 | 05:49 AM
My Darling Champion Roger:
Sorry you didn't win this time but the championship hinged on a couple of points and it could have gone either way. I stopped watching at 5-6 "for health reasons" I get too nervous for you. But I heard u had some heart stopping shots, brilliant shots and you fought so hard to get to the TB. I am so glad you're skipping Paris, no player can go on and on like you do. Rest well dearest Roger and know that you're our one & only #1 now & forever..

Love u always
Grace
10/29/2012 | 05:49 AM
My Darling Champion Roger:
Sorry you didn't win this time but the championship hinged on a couple of points and it could have gone either way. I stopped watching at 5-6 "for health reasons" I get too nervous for you. But I heard u had some heart stopping shots, brilliant shots and you fought so hard to get to the TB. I am so glad you're skipping Paris, no player can go on and on like you do. Rest well dearest Roger and know that you're our one & only #1 now & forever..

Love u always
Grace
10/29/2012 | 05:24 AM
Roger, you played well. Congratulations, because whatever you do you add to your amazing record. I do have one concern: is it now a part of tennis to hit tennis ball at the opponent? I have seen it fairly frequently this year, balls directly hit at players, and also, wild balls, with that great power, which hit linespeople and ballgirls. It's not acceptable: someone will be hurt, and what about fines? Have no doubts: they redline when they play against you. It doesn't last! Go on, with trust!
10/29/2012 | 04:33 AM
Descansar es importante. Todo lo mejor!
10/29/2012 | 04:18 AM
Kept checking the news off and on this afternoon to see if Paris still a go - not surprised as you said last week you were re-evaluating the rest of the year.
Take care of those niggles. Looking forward to London. Wish I could be there, but alas, not to be. Keep us in your thoughts as Hurricane Sandy is at the door.
10/29/2012 | 04:13 AM
It s ok, not so bad loss.totally agree with u to play less tournaments the coming years.we prefer watching u play at your best physicly and mentally.good luck in London.
10/29/2012 | 04:01 AM
you don't have much to prove, so play a lighter schedule and gear up for the grand slams. I think your ego gets the better of you at times.