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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 | 06:18 PM
Very poor and dissepointed! Sabri001 is right. Since the us open the results ar poor. To many errors, a less effective 1e serve..you had a great year but try to finish strong for your confidence and your fans. Good luck!!!
11/10/2012 | 06:17 PM
Such a dissapointment you lost today, del Potro did play well and you were a little off at moments but also brilliant, especially at the net and in service. Even if you still may end up on top of your group, I do think it does make a difference. I hope this loss will make you come out even better prepared to fight your hardest fight in the semi final. When you are full on and playing your fearless agressive tennis nobody plays better than you Roger!!
11/10/2012 | 06:16 PM
Nothing to worry, Roger! You are in the semis and that counts now. I am sure you will play very well next matches including the final.
Best of luck.
11/10/2012 | 06:13 PM
hai my roger...! there is nothing to worry about of this one loss you will win in semis against him thats for sure that we all know ..........so focus on your backhand and in returns but today also in other departments you were brilliant....so everyone knows that you will this title........so good luck my roger......be calm dont be nervous see you in semis good luck love you always.............!!!
11/10/2012 | 06:11 PM
All the best in the semi, Roger!
11/10/2012 | 06:10 PM
Te amo Roger pero el partido de hoy terrible, ahora Del Potro te está ganando y no me gusta eso para nada, esta tarde creo que la victoria será para Ferrer por lo cual terminamos com primeros del grupo, si es así esperamos que mañana mejores muchísimo para derrotar a Murray!!!!!!!
11/10/2012 | 06:09 PM
IF THE BACKHAND IS BOTHERING YOU? USE THE SLICE MORE OFTEN BUT CHANGE DIRECTION WITH IT. COME ON CHAMP. REGROUPE? THINK IT OVER AND STEP ON THAT COURT TOMORROW WITH A REAL FIGHTING SPIRIT. GO FOR EVERY POINT AND FIGHT, FIGHT UNTILL THE END...I AM SORRY IF I SAID SOMETHING WRONG BUT WE AS FANS LOVE YOU AND ARE WILLING THE BEST FOR YOU AND THAT IS THAT YOU HOLD THE TROPHY ON MONDAY!

GO FOR IT!!!
YOU CAN DO IT!!
11/10/2012 | 06:03 PM
BE AWARE OF THE AGE, FITNESS, THE WILL AND FIGHTING SPIRIT OF THE OTHER GUYS TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS LIKE YOU HAD 6 YEARS AGO. THE WAY YOU ARE PLAYING NOW IS JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO COMPETE WITH THEM AND THEY ONLY ARE GETTING STRONGER AND BETTER. ITS NOT TO LATE ROGER, BUT YOU REALLY NEED TO CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE ON COURT. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AGAIN AND PLAY LIKE BEFORE, LIKE A REAL MAGICIAN. IF THE BACKHAND IS BOTHERING YOU
11/10/2012 | 06:03 PM
Roger u can win this tournament...please show to the world who is the master
11/10/2012 | 05:59 PM
no prblm champ, prepare well for yours semis, All the best, GO RF.