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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 | 02:51 PM
ROGER YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE AS YOU HAVE WON SO MUCH ALREADY AND BEATEN SO MANY RECORDS. YOU SAID IN AN INTERVIEW THAT YOU FELT BAD FOR DAVID, I DO TOO AND MANY, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY HE IS THE ONE WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS LOSSES AND WINS, NOT YOU. IF YOU ARE FEELING PHYSICALLY GOOD, JUST PLAY YOUR HEART OUT IN THE SEMIS AND ENJOY IT!!!
11/11/2012 | 02:07 PM
Not only ues but a l s o lack of speed to compete with the younger players
who are dominating the game from the baseline. !!!!
11/11/2012 | 01:27 PM
Dear Rogerrrrrrrrrrrrrr,

You played great, but there was some unforced error making that we did not expect you to make in such a tournament. You better keep calm and play carefully at critical moments. You are still a genius, no denying that!!!
11/11/2012 | 01:08 PM
Keep moving, Roger. Keep motivating.
Stay calm and focus to outgun your blizzard variety serves and vigorous strokes.
Wishing you all the best in beating Novak successful. Believe your game plans & tactics will hunt Novak down.
Go Roger Go.
11/11/2012 | 01:04 PM
Best of luck Roger I hope you dont make as many unforced errors 42 in all I have never known you to make that many.
You are going to have to be on your top form today I hope that you are feeling ok.
love Helen xxxx
11/11/2012 | 01:02 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.

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Allez !!!!
11/11/2012 | 12:49 PM
I wish you all the best champion.... Murray always come with a plan and dominated your game in the last two meetings.. I believe you should be more unpredictable in your shot selections just like you were in the Wimbledon Final.. Just go and did your best. Winning and losing is part of the game...This time you gonna win we know that :)
11/11/2012 | 12:33 PM
Why many people keep mentioning about Unforced Error, it never exists in real world.Every single error forced by the opponent, even from one who ranks outside 100. Just feel fun to play and do whatever you believe that works. Good Luck.
11/11/2012 | 12:21 PM
I am already nervous ! Even being a Scot I want you so much to tank Murray! To Roger, go! love, fancyfree X
11/11/2012 | 12:21 PM
I am already nervous ! Even being a Scot I want you so much to tank Murray! To Roger, go! love, fancyfree X