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Roger loses in three sets

10.11.2012 | Tennis, Starseite 1

A first defeat in this tournament for our Roger since 2009 – and to del Potro 6-7,6-4,3-6. He was decidedly not his usual chirpy self and was not really given time to settle into this match by a lively del Potro.

 

Defeat for our Roger is no disaster for the world number two as he will still qualify as group winner and meet Andy Murray in Sunday’s first semi final if, as expected, Ferrer beats an out of sorts Tipsarevic.Victory for Del Potro means that he becomes the first man for a decade to win back to back indoor matches against the Champ and he will almost certainly meet Novak Djokovic in the semi final with David Ferrer favourite to beat Janko Tipsarevic.Roger had his chances in the opening set, squandering three break points in the eighth game for what could have been a decisive break. But the big Argentine dug deep to hang on, aided by some uncharacteristic unforced errors from Roger.The set went to the tie break and it was Del Potro who got off to a flier, racing to a 5-1 lead with some heavy hitting before eventually closing it out 7-3.Undeterred by losing the opening set, Roger came out all guns blazing and secured an immediate break of serve to love, following it up with a love hold. The serve dominated for the rest of the set with no more break chances materialising and our Champ served out to level matters at a set apiece.With the momentum on Roger’s side it seemed likely that he would press onwards to victory but it was Del Potro who was the more aggressive, perhaps as more was at stake in the match. The Argentine broke at the first time of asking and the break proved decisive as the world number two never threatened the Del Potro serve, Roger looking strangely out of sorts shouting and muttering to himself as unforced errors continued to flow from his racket.The qualification scenarios would have been simplified had Roger built on an impressive second set against Del Potro. Our Champ has won the title the last two years with a perfect record but knew he was already through after straight-sets wins in his first two group matches. The semi-final match-ups will not be decided until after tonight's match between David Ferrer and Janko Tipsarevic, even though it is now a dead rubber. Victory for Ferrer would mean it is Roger who plays Andy Murray with Del Potro playing Novak Djokovic, while a Tipsarevic win would reverse the fixtures. Roger had won 13 of his previous 16 meetings and six of seven this year with Del Potro, but the Argentinian is a player who has given him plenty of trouble. 

 
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11/11/2012 | 11:38 PM
Last thing before I go to sleep, I love three things:
1. that you stayed so long to give autografs for your fans.
2. yesterday the way that nice kid you walked on court with, wished you good luck and you smiled to him, also when you left the court. That chemistry between you and the kid was priceless. For me the quetest time of the week.
3. the two fan awards you received for the hundred time. Extremely deserved and they should rename it or put your name also on the award.
Love you.
11/11/2012 | 11:02 PM
PLEASE LOOK AT MY COMMENT BELOW.
NOBODY THOUGHT THAT ROGER WOULD WIN, SO WHAT DOES HE DO....
HE WINS. WHEN HE NEEDS TO, HE KNOWS HOW TO WIN.
I LOVE YOU ROGER, I GAVE MY LAPTOP A HUNDRED KISSES WHEN YOU WERE ON IT. PLEASE DO NOT RETIRE. I LOVE YOU. ALL THE BEST FOR TOMORROW AND I KNOW YOU WILL FIND A WAY TO WIN YOUR 7TH ATP FINAL AND BECOME EVEN MORE A LEGEND. YOU ARE THE GOAT !!!! LOVE YOU. YOUR FAN KEMNA
11/11/2012 | 11:00 PM
FELICITACIONES ROGER!!!
QUE PARTIDO TAN ESPECTACULAR, HAS ESTADO !IMPONENTE! CON UN JUEGO ABAJO TE RECUPERASTE Y DEMOSTRASTE QUE CUANDO UNO QUIERE ALGO REALMENTE LO PUEDE LOGRAR. EN EL TIE BREAK, TE RECUPERASTE Y GANASTE. EL 2DO. SET FUE ESPECTACULAR; HACE MUCHO TIEMPO NO TE VEIA JUGAR TAN BIEN COMO HOY. DEMOSTRASTE QUIEN ERES !ROGER FEDERER! EL MAESTRO, EL Nº 1 REAL, EL GOAT. GRACIAS ROGER, POR TANTA FELICIDAD. EL LUNES JUEGA MEJOR QUE HOY Y GANALE A NOVAK. DESCANSA, RECUPERATE Y GANA.
11/11/2012 | 10:59 PM
Perfect lion heart!! You just killed those critics. Hope u will be at your peak against Novak in final match. Congratulations.
11/11/2012 | 10:57 PM
HERE I AM PRAISING OUR DEAR ROGER FOR BEATING THE SCOT SO EFFICIENTLY AND BEAUTIFULLY, WHILST THE HEADING FOR THIS IS ROGER LOSES IN 3 SETS!!!

GO ROGER TOMORROW, TAKE OUT NOVAK AS WELL, YOU OWN 02, THIS IS FOR YOU, MASTERS NO. 7. MUCH LOVE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AS ALWAYS,
11/11/2012 | 10:55 PM
many many congratulation,roger that was marvlus tennis and magic itself.
by the way, boris becker does not know about tennis i think,,,,,,poor narration poor prediction....you are the best i ve never seen,,,good job
11/11/2012 | 10:51 PM
Y O U . D I D . I T !!!

Y O U . A R E . S O . * G R E A T * !!!

I ' M . S O . H A P P Y !!! :-)

Y O U R . RFan
11/11/2012 | 10:44 PM
Like i said yesterday Roger, chew him up and spit him out.Thats exactly what you did.Fantastic....now for Novak and to finish 2012 in style.You're the true No. 1.Let's go Roger let's go.Hopp Schwiz
11/11/2012 | 10:44 PM
Hi Rog, YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!Great match against Murray!!!!!!You are so amazingly cool, and when you win such a delight to see your face light up. Lovely to see your Mum and Mirka embrace with happiness for you. Ok, now Djokovic, you can do this, win your Number 7, just play agressive and steam ahead with that Fed. train. Have a good night sleep, a good hardy breakfast, and a good practise. Everyone is behind you. Good luck and take care.
11/11/2012 | 10:44 PM
Dear Roger
Congratulations! What a match! I'm so happy you played very well and win this so important match! Now, you have the final! Please, win tomorrow, you are the best!!
Show your opponent who is the true No1, the same as Serena showed her opponents!
Wish you all the best and good luck dearest Roger!
Go, Roger, gooooooooooo!
Love, Mimi
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