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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 | 03:18 AM
Winning or loosing it's a pleasure to watch you play. Like our best soccer players, what you do is a work of art. I hope you enjoy playing as much as we do watching you.
10/29/2012 | 03:14 AM
Roger: I think that Thursday is the day to pick up the racket again, work on the mistakes and reach London better than anyone. The ground and p8ound on your body should be less next year when you return to the longer calendar and the olympics are not in reach. You can play montecarlo, Canada and tokyo next year and still remain fresh but the focus should be the davis and slams right? The o2 arena will be cheering for you and you should win again to show again who reigns supreme. Always cheering
10/29/2012 | 02:55 AM
Querido Roger:

Tomaste la decisión correcta, NO JUGAR EN PARIS. Bueno son 1000 puntos menos, que se va a hacer; descansa bien, relájate y prepárate para WFT en Londres. Por favor, no te dejes vencer en ese torneo, tienes que ganarlo; porque no existe más MAESTRO QUE TU. No importa si no acabas como Nro. 1 el año; pero concéntrate y prioriza el WFT, con ese trofeo estaremos mas que felices. Te queremos mucho. Disfruta con tu familia, llénate de su amor y vuelve pronto a jugar. BENDECIDO
10/29/2012 | 02:46 AM
Dear Roger: Bittersweet day today, of course I wanted you to win, like all your fans I am one of those that want you to take them all, I loved the way that you fought your way back, it could have been over in two sets, but you made it so competitive it may even hurt more that you gave so much and still came up short. Sorry to hear you are withdrawing from Bercy, but as you said you know your body better than anybody. Get well, dissapointed from not being able to watch you but, your health is no1
10/29/2012 | 02:12 AM
come on Roger! don't feel upset! this is just one match, the next year you will win here! now you have to rest and prepare for the Masters, i'm sure you will be champion again!

greetings from Rancagua, Chile!

Zvonimir
10/29/2012 | 02:06 AM
It was a sloppy match and there were lots of errors, but hold your head high. You've had a great year. See you in London champ.
10/29/2012 | 01:16 AM
It's fine Roger. You still are the best! I know you will win in London! I hope you win again.
Best Wishes!
boy#1
10/29/2012 | 01:10 AM
I wish you can have won in the next Event. Basel is important for you but the next two is more important for the World Number one.

Good Luck and Happy all the time
10/29/2012 | 12:50 AM
Don't You Ever Be Sad Roger ,, Maybe A little bit disappointed because it's your favorite Tournament but never mind champ :D you haven't anything left to prove you proved everything and proved you're the greatest of all time and the king of tennis :D so get some rest and back tough and go for London you're king of London :d Love You And With You no Matter what
10/29/2012 | 12:10 AM
You had a good match,he didn't give you to much chance,maybe two in hall match.I am still thinking about that forehand in 7th game of 3rd set,on break point.Bad luck.Cheer up Champ.Rest well and see you in London.