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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 | 08:14 PM
Tough loss today Rog but I know you've brushed it off already, like I have, and are ready and rearing to go and do much better in the semis and final. I really want you to play murray in the semis and beat him down then give djokovic a lesson in the final. Regardless of who you play and when, I have all the faith in you that you will come out strong and fighting in the next two matches. We all know who the real #1 is ! Roger that !!!! :-)
11/10/2012 | 08:11 PM
WE, YOUR FANS WISH YOU ALL THE BEST FOR TOMORROW ROGER..

I REALLY HOPE YOU WILL WIN BUT THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE THAN TO WIN A TENNIS MATCH. THE FACTS ARE WHAT THEY ARE, NOBODY CAN T CHANGE THEM.

TAKE A GOOD REST AND COME OUT STRONG AND DETERMINED TOMORROW..

GOODNIGHT
11/10/2012 | 08:11 PM
☆ As a great champion you are, look ahead and not waste time with lamentation but correct mistakes and improved as always is the characteristic and mentality of a great warrior, brilliant and worthy champion who makes tennis increasingly appreciated!!! Do not let nothing bother and distract your concentration. ☆
☼ All the best for the next match!!! ☼
BIA – BRASIL :)
11/10/2012 | 08:06 PM
oops! Love you though! fancyfree, X
11/10/2012 | 08:05 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 | 08:03 PM
You really need to fight hard with confidence to beat Andy, we know you can do it. Play your normal game by making full use of your main weapon and remembering you are the greatest and you have nothing to loose,you will win. Please do not rush,take enough time between the serve
Wish you all the best
11/10/2012 | 08:03 PM
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 | 07:49 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 | 07:49 PM
Too many unforced errors (42): they are easily creeping up on you and so if you do not get rid of them, defeat looms large.
Please, Roger, stay focussed an improve your game.
11/10/2012 | 07:40 PM
forget about that Roger ,, We Have the Semis Now
but be concentrate with your backhand please ,, to many errors today
i know you're so exhausted but be strong just for another couple days and you will have your rest next to your 7th trophy isa :D Love you No Matter What And Good Luck Dear