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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 | 08:09 PM
Go Roger, I believe in you. When you need to, you make sure you win (example Wimbledon: incredible back pain, almost matchpoint for Benneteau, lost the first set in the final). You had all the odds against you, still you won. To tell the truth: NOBODY believes you will win tonight. All the critics, all the "haters" on the web. Which means...... YOU WILL WIN !!! It will be difficult, since it is Andy who plays incredible well and because you had a match yesterday. But I do believe you'll win. Ily
11/11/2012 | 07:54 PM
Vamos por el triunfo hoy Roger!!!, con coraje, mucha garra, decisión, confianza en tí mismo y sobre todo mantente concentrado y no piedas la calma. A sacar muchos ACES y muy buenos servicios y a responder y defender mucho mejor. Derrota a Andy Murray, hazlo nuevamente, como en Wimbledon. Mucha garra, coraje y decisión Roger. Tengo mucha fe en tí, en que hoy será un partido excelente para ti, Exitos Campeón y el lunes estarás defendiendo tu título. Go, Roger, Goooooooo!!!!!!! Tu ganarás.!
11/11/2012 | 07:19 PM
Common Champ!
Go Go Rog!
11/11/2012 | 06:35 PM
I was at the match with Delpo at the O2 and have to say it was an absolute joy to be able to watch you play live Roger. Never mind that you didn't win, it wasn't the semi final. Hope you can beat Murray tonight. Best of luck, love to you and your family x
11/11/2012 | 06:31 PM
Hi, Roger!
Stay courage, and you´ll have victorious confident. Come on, lets get it on!
11/11/2012 | 06:19 PM
No probs, good luck for today's semi vs Murray, for me, the highlight of your match was the ovehead return shot played in the second set.


Allez !!!!
11/11/2012 | 06:16 PM
Not your day yesterday Rog but for sure today is the day to wipe the smug look off Murrays face.
Loads of Love
Christine xxxxxxxxxxxxx
11/11/2012 | 05:45 PM
The final on monday will be a repetition of the USO !!
11/11/2012 | 04:56 PM
No worries Roger, Juan Martin is really coming into his game and that was a very tough match. Good luck today agains Murray, and remember no matter what, win or lose, you are the greatest of all time!!!
11/11/2012 | 04:39 PM
Go Roger Go.
We all strongly have faith in you to win this one.
Keep moving aggressively against Murray with your precise dynamite serves + explosive strokes. Stay calm and focus dear dictate your plays. Wishing your game plans & tactics are successful against Murray.
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