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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 | 09:19 PM
Roger, I hope you win tomorrow against Andy. Not so much for the final, but so that Andy and London won't become a mental block for you (the way Rafa was or is). You don't deserve Andy, Novak or Rafa to become a mental block that is keeping you from winning against them. YOU ARE SO MUCH BETTER. I want you to win all of your games, because YOU DESERVE IT. You are a great human beeing and an excellent tennis player. HELLO.... YOU ARE THE GOAT !!!
11/10/2012 | 08:46 PM
It's ok dont bother we're always there for u U'll alwayz stay my TENNIS PLANET&MAESTRO. ......Go roger i luv uuuuuuuu
11/10/2012 | 08:39 PM
Hai SABR001, I love your comment. You are a real fan. You love Roger (like I do) and you are not afraid to tell him if he does not play well and what he can do to make it better. I hope he or someone from his team will read it. I want Roger to win so much that it hurts when he loses. But, it is easy for us to judge him, he is the one who has to play on court. I hope he wins tomorrow, so Andy does not become a metal block for him. Love to read more of your comments, SABRI001. And I still loveRF
11/10/2012 | 08:32 PM
that is not expected today because we have four time chance to beat him but what i say not our day go maestro all the best for next match
11/10/2012 | 08:28 PM
@adi10008, yeps, true, 1300 points if Rog wins :)...

Good luck for semis Roger, I am sure, u will win :)...

For me, the highlight of the match was the overhead return that u hit in the 2nd set, that made my day special---


http://www.rogerfedererfans.com/forum/topic/890-match-report-pics-and-video-highlights-of-juan-martin-del-potro-vs-roger-federer-at-atp-world-tour-finals-2012/


good luck for sunday and monday. Allez :)
11/10/2012 | 08:27 PM
that is not spected today cuz we hv 4time chance to beat him but what i say not our day go maestro all the best for next match >>
11/10/2012 | 08:25 PM
No probs Roger, I am sure, u will top Group-B and play & beat Murray on Sunday and win the final on Monday...

For every one who is still confused if our maestro Federer or Del Potro will top Group-B, here is a very detailed explanation that I just now read --


http://www.rogerfedererfans.com/forum/topic/852-draw-groups-seedings-and-schedule-of-atp-world-tour-finals-2012/page__st__20#entry8544
11/10/2012 | 08:24 PM
IF YOU PLAY ANDY YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT HIS GAME PLAN IS. HE IS GOING TO PLAY HARD AND CONSTANTLY TO YOUR BACKHANDSIDE. TROW IN THE SLICE MORE OFTEN. I REALLY HOPE YOU WILL READ SOME OF OUR COMMENTS OR SOMEBODY FROM YOUR CREW. BE AGRESSIVE
11/10/2012 | 08:17 PM
This is the life, Mr . Federer. Don' t be said! You will win the final. I think ...if you want - you can. For sure! good luck! We love you!
11/10/2012 | 08:16 PM
If Roger wins the tournament he will get 1300 points???