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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 | 12:47 AM
5-I'll be cheering for you. All my best wishes. Have a lot of fun and take care.

I love you so much Roger!!!...
:D xoxoxoxoxo

-No matter how stressful a situation you can always breathe your way through it.
-Stand strong in your personal power. With true power that comes from within, nothing is beyond your reach.
11/11/2012 | 12:40 AM
You didn't look like you were enjoying yourself out there.Perhaps you were distracted or mentally tired.Just try to keep it together for two more matches, then
holidays....I hope you chew up Murray tomorrow and then spit him out.Show us and him who's boss.Let's go Roger let's go.Hopp Schwiz
11/11/2012 | 12:36 AM
Lovely Roger:

Always with you (win or lose) we all suffer when you lose, Del Po was
so lucky today and everyone knows what happened, but anyway
we all know that you challenge as a true champion ever at Court, we
all want you to win and thank you to giving us lots of joy and happiness
this year. Your serves and backhands must improve on - today's match - against Murray.

I will be cheering you always, I hope you feel good and I wish you
all the best.

GOD Bless you
11/11/2012 | 12:30 AM
Roger, u hv to tactically play the role to hv del potto enter the semifinal to balance of power since djokovic n Murray is at their peak
11/11/2012 | 12:19 AM
Espero de corazón que le ganes a Murray mi príncipe, hoy me sentí muy desilusionada por tu derrota ante Del Potro, no me gusta que ya te esté cogiendo el juego y no es porque no reconozca que él juega bien, es porque simplemente no soporto que pierdas, me duele hasta en la última de mis neuronas, déjalo todo en la cancha, saca lo mejor de tí, todos queremos que mañana la historia sea diferente!!!!!!!!!
11/11/2012 | 12:13 AM
It's not over until it's over, Roger! Chalk lit up to "one of those days" or to whatever could have been in the back of your mind. You are in the running, and you shall play outstanding tennis. Keep well, and immerse yourself in that inner self-belief, which is so well-founded and something to be treasured. (I do prefer best 3 sets, but you can excel here, too!) Go with the lion's attitude: never back down! Godbless, and luck, and play with joyful abandon, which means serious play. Bravo!
11/11/2012 | 12:09 AM
Well, you didn't have to win this one, and he did! But I hope you play better tomorrow against Murray, and make fewer errors. Best of luck!
11/10/2012 | 11:45 PM
Sorry JM overcame you today Roger, hope everything is okay with you as I thought (perhaps I'm being fanciful) that all your team looked tense right from the get-go this afternoon. May you play your A game tomorrow night against Murray and go through to the final yet again. Love and best wishes for a good rest before your next match. GO ROGER!! xxxxx
11/10/2012 | 11:34 PM
Ah so because Ferrer won tonight in three sets then you are top of Group B and play Murray tomorrow evening ..... not on BBC Two neither is the final on Monday evening ..... Watch live from the UK - http://lsh.lshunter.tv/tennis-live-streaming-video.html You can also of course watch the matches on Sky HD. Enjoy!
11/10/2012 | 11:30 PM
oh, I forgot:

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!! - as much as we believe in you... always :)