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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 | 04:28 PM
Dearest Roger,
Best of luck against Andy tonight. Just play like you did in Wimbledon.
May beauty prevail once again in O2!
God bless you!
Keiko
11/11/2012 | 04:13 PM
Nothing's impossible . Yes Murray has improved this year, but that doesn't mean he will beat Roger ---remember Wimbledon? Go Roger !!!!!!!!
11/11/2012 | 03:56 PM
Dont believe that Federer will be able to beat Murray impossible....
11/11/2012 | 03:49 PM
Federinho my dearest, you hane nothing to prove, you're the GOAT, everybody knows it! So, enjoy yourself out there, play lightly, happily and you shall win. We want you to win, of course, but we wish you more than anything to be happy! Love
11/11/2012 | 03:47 PM
it doesn`t matter. Go and win against Murray
all our support from Uruguay
11/11/2012 | 03:13 PM
Dear Roger,

My best wishes for the tournament final steps.

Satisfaction lies not on in the attainment but in the EFFORTS.
Full effort is FULL VICTORY
Gandhi
11/11/2012 | 03:12 PM
I had a horrible feeling while watching the match that you were going to lose, as you did in your home tournament. But I still think you are more than capable of beating him, as you are of beating Murray today - I look forward to the match and a win Maestro, all love
11/11/2012 | 03:03 PM
Roger,
Good luck in semi final!
11/11/2012 | 03:00 PM
Dearest Roger
Go out there and show Murray who's the boss. We have the utmost faith in you.Just play your normal, brilliant game and you will beat the upstart.
Hopefully you have had a decent rest after 2 games in 2 days
Good luck and God bless
Love FlumpXXXXXXXXX.
11/11/2012 | 02:55 PM
Dearest Roger,
You carry the energy and cheers from your fans all over the world. You are the best, regardless of results !
You are No. ONE and always will be !
GO ROGER CHAMP !