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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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11/11/2012 | 10:15 PM
Go on Roger, you can do this! GO ON!
11/11/2012 | 10:14 PM
Roger just got first break in second set to go 2:1 up!! Dare I say it, he can do this?
11/11/2012 | 10:00 PM
WOOHOO first blood (and set!!) to Rog. GO ROGERRRRRRRRRR!!!
11/11/2012 | 10:00 PM
Roger won first set after tie break 7:6. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
11/11/2012 | 09:50 PM
Come on Roger! You can do it! Murray's at 5-6 in 1st set! Way to break back!!!
11/11/2012 | 09:37 PM
Roger broken back, 5:4 up. He is fighting back.
11/11/2012 | 09:07 PM
Fed is playing incredibly bad:((He will lose in straight sets just like Annabele Croft said:((
11/11/2012 | 08:44 PM
Tough luck, dear Roger.. :(
Hope You're today more physically prepared.
Believe in Your magic. Always.
11/11/2012 | 08:36 PM
So hoping you can play at your (almost) divine best tonight Roger. Hope you're feeling fabulous and ready to knock Murray off the court. Please smother his game and don't get involved in long enervating rallies. Beauty beats power I hope. Lots and lots of love, luck and best wishes for you tonight. GO ROGER!!! xxxxxx
11/11/2012 | 08:14 PM
Per me il più grande sei sempre tu. Ce la puoi fare. A fine stagione sono tutti un po' stanchi. Forza Roger.
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