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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 | 11:09 AM
All you can do today O GREAT ONE is play your best tennis and you will see the right result.I wish you all the luck in the world stay focused you can and will beat Andy Murray .x
11/11/2012 | 10:48 AM
Roger, keep your motivation, and take the initiative, and play a good fight comfortably.
Please avoid that an opponent become an advantageous position by your unforced errors.
I always cheer you at any time.
Go! Go, Roger! You are the best.
11/11/2012 | 10:27 AM
PLAY WITH YOUR HEART, ENJOY ON COURT AND HOPEFULLY YOU WILL WIN THIS MATCH.

I REALLY HOPE DEL POTRO WINS SO YOU CAN TAKE REVENGE TOMORROW IN THE FINAL.

C'MON ROGER, GO FOR IT CHAMP.
11/11/2012 | 10:21 AM
I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST FOR TODAY CHAMP. NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, YOURE ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS.

YOU ARE THE BEST THATS WHY YOURE OPPONENTS PLAY THEIR BEST TENNIS EVERY TIME THEY FACE YOU AND YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO BE ALERT AND CONCENTRATED. I KNOW THATS NOT EASY. THATS WHATS HAPPENING WITH NOVAK AND ANDY RIGHT KNOW. THEY LOST EARLY IN PARIS THIS YEAR AND IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN MORE OFTEN, YOU WILL SEE. IT ALSO OVERCAME NADAL THE LAST 2 YEARS WITH NOVAK AND ROSOL AT WIMBELDON.
11/11/2012 | 10:14 AM
IT SEEMS LIKE YOU ARE AFRAID OF HITTING THE BALLS OUT. TAKE MORE RISKS. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE ROGER. YOU ARE THE BEST OF ALL TIMES.

INDEED, ITS EASY FOR ME TO WRITE THIS THINGS DOWN FROM BEHIND MY PC BUT I JUST WANT THE BEST FOR YOU. THATS WHY I M SITTING HERE, PUTTING MY TIME IN THESE MESSAGES. IT HURTS ME TO SEE U LOSE, IT AFFECTS MY DAY, REALLY. THIS IS SPORT, SOMETIMES YOU WIN AND SOMETIMES YOU LOSE BUT THE WAY YOU LOSE SOMETIMES, THATS WHATS HURTING THE MOST..
11/11/2012 | 10:08 AM
GOODMORNING

I JUST SAW THE HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR MATCH AGAIN FROM 2010 AGAINST ANDY AT THE WORLD TOUR FINALS.
BIG DIFFERENCE WITH THE WAY YOU PLAY NOW. YOUR FOREHAND WAS AMAZING, U USED THE SLICE BACKHAND VERY OFTEN..THATS WHAT I MEAN. DONT GO WITH THEM IN THOSE LONG RALLYS BECAUSE THEY ARE JUST WAITING FOR YOU TO MAKE THE ERROR, MOST OF THE TIME WITH YOUR BACKHAND. CREATE MORE ANGLE WITH YOUR FOREHAND BECAUSE IN YOUR LAST MATCHES YOU WERENT LOOKING FOR THE LINES ANYMORE
11/11/2012 | 09:57 AM
Dear Roger
I think that you are aware of this match im portance! You can beat Murray, just don't make to amny UEs and be selfconfident! You lacked it yesterday vs Delpo, but it doesn't matter any more! Hope you are healthy, not tired, and fit enough for that boy who will do his best to beat you! He has the crowd, but it's not your problem! Your problem is your play and nothing else!Hope you'll be serious,King!
Wish you all the best and good luck dearest Roger!
Go, Roger, goooooooooooo!
Love,M
11/11/2012 | 08:54 AM
I wonder how it feels like to be so loved and admired...Good lucky today.
11/11/2012 | 08:53 AM
Stay Rerlax & Focus Froger , Goodluck for today's semi vs Andy
11/11/2012 | 08:51 AM
I hope you're inspired for the match later today. Always a pleasure to see you play whatever happens.