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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 | 07:37 PM
You lost against Delpo, so what? last time you lost back to back games against him you went on to win six in a row. In the last tournaments you had a bad game or not so good game in an elimination round, today it was that game and luckyly it was a round robin game. two more matches to win and get tournament number 77 , we dont mind if you dont win but if you diminish the unforced errors and keep the serve as well as today everything will be yours. just be focused at 100%. and you will tkae all.
11/10/2012 | 07:30 PM
better luck next time and best of luck for the semis CHAMP. You will win Insha Allah. Love you loads and loads and always my dear! Allah bless you always!
11/10/2012 | 07:24 PM
I'm sure you'll beat him next time,whether it's here in London or it's gonna be in Melbourne ;) You're the greatest and finest,Maestro!
11/10/2012 | 07:22 PM
Good Luck in the semis.You can do it!
Best wishes.
11/10/2012 | 07:21 PM
Yeah sabri001 looks like his season ended after cincinetti.. Plays now with little spirit and confidence. Backhand is freeking me out. I realy couldent wish for more, wimbledon, silver and 3 master. Although we need to look forward indeed. Go for it king, last 2 matches. Yes, 2!!
11/10/2012 | 07:18 PM
I would prefer a Roger vs Del Potro final with Roger getting revenge. C'mon Roger you can do it!!!!!
11/10/2012 | 07:14 PM
I seem to remember Roger saying that Delpo was a future number 1. He certainly is closest to the top 4. As he gains confidence in his newly repaired wrist, he will get even better, and he is only 24 years old. i much prefer his tennis and character to Murray and Djokovic. Ferrer is great to watch and he is doing well but no match to the top 4. Come on Roger, find some energy from somewhere, it is you and your tennis we love and support. We know you can do it Roger, Go for its Rogi GO!
11/10/2012 | 07:14 PM
I seem to remember Roger saying that Delpo was a future number 1. He certainly is closest to the top 4. As he gains confidence in his newly repaired wrist, he will get even better, and he is only 24 years old. i much prefer his tennis and character to Murray and Djokovic. Ferrer is great to watch and he is doing well but no match to the top 4. Come on Roger, find some energy from somewhere, it is you and your tennis we love and support. We know you can do it Roger, Go for its Rogi GO!
11/10/2012 | 07:13 PM
Common Champ!
Good Luck in semi.
You Can Do It Champ!
DO IT ROG!
11/10/2012 | 07:00 PM
Go Ro......Go!!!!! My best wishes for tomorrow match against Murray!!!
Best of luck Champ!!!!! Goooooo!!!!!! Enjoy the game!!! Fight hard!!!!!!!