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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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11/10/2012 | 11:30 PM
Roger, I saw the match, you played well. I'm not mad. You still are in the Semifinals. I know you will win the tournament!
Best Wishes!
11/10/2012 | 11:28 PM
Dear Roger,
thanks for being kind and patient as usual signing a lot of autographs at the O2: it means a lot for us fans! :') You're a great Man and such an inspiration. It's always an amazing experience watching you on court.

I wish you all the very best for tomorrow, sending you good vibes and tons of energy. You'll need it...

Good luck!!!!!!
- and, once again, thank you for everything.

♥ ♥ ♥
11/10/2012 | 11:27 PM
Difficult match Roger. Hope you have a good rest and come back very fresh tomorrow to beat Andy. We will all be rooting for you.

11/10/2012 | 11:20 PM
if roger keeps making loads of unforced errors and getting into long rallies hes no chance of beating murray he needs to really clean up his game on breakpoints against del potro in the first set second serves he was awful.when he used to beat del potro he played short angled balls now hes trying to out hit him from the back of the court just playing into his hands cant understand them tactics but id love to see him win tomorrow all the same.
11/10/2012 | 11:04 PM
You don't have to win this one, good luck tomorrow.
11/10/2012 | 10:48 PM
I think our Maestro and team did the best strategy. Delpo is a better bet to beat opponent. And it is best for our Maestro to conserve energy. He will not lose confidence for it is a better outcome in the big pic. Besides it is best to peak in the next two matches so today is just a warm up practice match. The outcome has remained the same. No harm done.
Allez Maestro, be happy be healthy. Love to see u in the final knock out rounds. All the good vibes from Japan. \o/\o/\o/
11/10/2012 | 10:43 PM
Just read SF scenario's again. It says that if Del Potro defeats Roger in 3 sets and Ferrer defeats Tipsarevic in 3, That is what has happened, then Roger wins the Group and Del Po comes in second. It is a bit confusing i have to say.LOL
All the best at any rate Roger.
Your gonna get there.
You are getting match hardy now, so take them out, you know you can, you did it last two years.
All the Best
11/10/2012 | 10:36 PM
Lets go Roger.
Looks like Ferrer is going to top Tipsarevic, in three sets.
According to the ATP site, that means that Roger will win the Group and will play Novak in Semi's is that correct?
All the best who ever it is.
See you in that final.
11/10/2012 | 10:11 PM
The backhand has become a major liability. The weight of your shot is getting weaker,especially, against the top guys. You look fit, and are fit,but you need to get even stronger. Tighten up the stomach muscles - The CORE.
11/10/2012 | 10:02 PM
Shake it off, Roger. The main task lies ahead tomorrow.
Come on, Champ- Believe! You can do it!