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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 | 06:59 PM
You often lose the first set against Delpo Roger, so I was not so worried. My faith seemed founded when you instantly took control of the second set and won it. At that point I thought you had finally got into your rhythm and you were going to do it. So I was very disappointed in the third set. You seemed very out of sorts for most of the match. Get a good massage and good meal tonight , put your lovely girls to bed, and have a very early night yourself. Tomorrow is another day! Good luck Roger!
11/10/2012 | 06:57 PM
I think delpo is a better mix for the final knockout group ( no offense to Ferrer who is a very good player). Good decision for our maestro and his team.
If Ferru san wins in 2 sets, our hero is still top seed going in no?
One way or the other very happy he is in and not waste too much energy fighting it all out at this point. Smart move. \o/\o/\o/
11/10/2012 | 06:51 PM
Roger has to improve to keep moving further. Good luck!
11/10/2012 | 06:41 PM
No hard damage .Good luck in the semi final Roger.
11/10/2012 | 06:35 PM
Dear Roger, I´m sad for the result. Del Potro won several points due to some of your bad returns. You are strong and healthy, be focused and confident in your objective. Go Maestro, show you are the greatest!!!
11/10/2012 | 06:32 PM
A loss is bad but under the circumstances it makes the other SF a competitive one. No disrespect to Ferrer but he cannot hang with Djokovic or Murray. DelPo has more fire power, aa better chance to beat Djokovic. Federer can beat Murray.
11/10/2012 | 06:32 PM
And never surrender Roger. I am with you. You can do it !!! Go for it !!!
11/10/2012 | 06:31 PM
Uh, I have a bad feeling for tommorow. The good thing is when I have this feeling I am usually wrong, so I hope thet you will win. But, it is the truth. From the US open the results are not going your way, you don't have the luck that it's needed for a close matches. The answer is very simple. Roger is 31 years old. He is a phenomenon. When Novak, Rafa and Andy turn 31, they will not play tennis at all, but we must realize that this kind of loses will be usual. Fight to the death
11/10/2012 | 06:29 PM
Go on Roger!! Good luck and be ready for Andy tomorrow!!
a kiss from Italy
11/10/2012 | 06:27 PM
I FOLLOW EVERY TOURNEMENT AND MATCH ROGER PLAYS AND I KNOW WHAT I AM WRITING ABOUT. YOU DID HAVE A GREAT YEAR LIKE ROBBA SAID. WHAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED THIS YEAR IS WONDERFULL BUT WE NEED TO LOOK FORWARD. NOVAK AND ANDY ARE VERY STRONG AND LIKE I SAID, THEY ARE GETTING STRONGER.