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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 | 08:14 AM
Hi Rog, Good luck in the semi finals against Andy. Keep ahead of him, pull all your tennis tricks out of the bag, give it all. Remember you are simply the best no matter what happens. But would love to see you lift that trophy on Monday!.Take care.
11/11/2012 | 07:47 AM
Roger you are the very best you couldn´t do it today but you´will win tomorrow,loving you losing or winning, your year has been wonderful, so very happy with you!!!
11/11/2012 | 07:16 AM
My Dear Roger,
No matter what, you are still and will always be our No.1.
Of course it's not easy for ur die-hard fans to see you lose, as they always wish the best and the greatest for you, but please be careful,your health is the first and last thing that matters to us all! God Bless you Champ!Allez! Good luck in Semis!
11/11/2012 | 07:09 AM
IT IS NEVER A DISASTER AS LONG AS YOU STAY HEALTHY....GOOD LUCK

I ALWAYS LOVE AND SUPPORT YOU , NO MATTER WHAT..
11/11/2012 | 06:54 AM
Recall this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14BAQ658JF4, of course you do, just imitate that and you will crush him again, that was one of the best games I ever seen you play, time to get back to perfection and 100% tennis and the WTf is yours as well as the top titlist of the year award. Always cheering, rooting and going crazy for the best.
11/11/2012 | 06:54 AM
Recall this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14BAQ658JF4, of course you do, just imitate that and you will crush him again, that was one of the best games I ever seen you play, time to get back to perfection and 100% tennis and the WTf is yours as well as the top titlist of the year award. Always cheering, rooting and going crazy for the best.
11/11/2012 | 06:36 AM
AJ81
still a chance at semi but be realistic. he's burned out. give him a break after so many matches this year.
11/11/2012 | 05:19 AM
Get Paul to look at your mental status. Overall you were not bad. Only in the crutial time, for example, at your break point to break your opponent, you were totally out of character. Same as in Basel. Same as you play Nadal. You exposed your mental weakness since 2008 and never get cured unfortunately. Your biggest enemy is yourself. When you play natually no one can beat you in the world. Your mental weakness let many fans down.
11/11/2012 | 05:03 AM
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.

http://www.rogerfedererfans.com/forum/topic/890-match-report-pics-and-video-highlights-of-juan-martin-del-potro-vs-roger-federer-at-atp-world-tour-finals-2012/


Allez !!!!
11/11/2012 | 04:17 AM
Roger fighting! !!!!
Go go gO
i love you
xxx