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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 | 04:15 AM
You are the Best Rog!!!! forget the match against del potro, you need to be focus on your next match against Murray. Of course, you can beat him. Best wishes for tomorrow!!! and..... YOU ARE THE BEST EVER!!!!!! lol. Regards from Peru.
11/11/2012 | 04:11 AM
oh dammit...u wer in such a gud form...bt nw u hv to win d semis n finals...dont let dia loss suppress ya...concenterate n go win it....
all the best
love n luck
4m vishakha
your #1 fan
go go go go go roger!!!!!!!!!!!!! go win it...
11/11/2012 | 04:02 AM
Don't know what happens to today's tennis, defensive players seem to dominate it, ones who can run or rally wholeday long.i still see Roger hits a super wide or super short angle shot, but his opponents still catch and return back with harm.Feeling like Roger will face Nadal in every single match. Probably this players have far better improve themselves, mayb i doubt and like to blame on the slower court.Good Luck against Andy in Semi.
11/11/2012 | 03:56 AM
Roger: tomorrow you have a great chance to tilt the balance in the season in your head to head against Murray and pull close to him in the history. I think you should repeat what you done against him in 2010, you played really open shots and then charged the net, it is risky but if someone can pull it through that is you, lots of chip and charges to his serve and let him eat his trash talk. Play your heart out champ.
11/11/2012 | 03:19 AM
Hello Roger, rest well for today ,win or lose we are always by your side to support you all the way.Good luck to your match against Andy...There's still many tournaments for you to play and goodluck to all your coming tours,Do your best and God will do the Rest =)...Be safe and God Bless you and your family
11/11/2012 | 02:22 AM
to have watched and enjoyed Rogers whole career thus far,always supportive of our great champion through thick & thin.Thank you.
Roger wishing you all of the very best for S/F.As Margaret so often says "you always do your best and nothing but your best" One cannot, nor should we ,expect any more than that from you.
11/11/2012 | 02:13 AM
What a sterling year it has been for you--with you all of the way having been courtside for many of your matches -- busy fitting them in between work family etc worth every minute
Your tennis remains some of the best that I have seen [have seen and played a lot!] Apart from your serve at times,you are playing very well at O2.All said and done the top 8 players are participating.
Margaret [hughsie] I agree with your last post--excellent from such a loyal fan--
You have deserve
11/11/2012 | 02:10 AM
Hi, Fed ! Hope you had a great dinner & you are fast asleep now getting a good night's rest. Relax tomorrow...you are Roger Federer...your opponent is not. All you need is the air that you breathe...go get 'em !!
11/11/2012 | 02:04 AM
though loss, needed a new game plan for this del potro, i am confident you will find that when you meet him again. For now focus on two more matches to win the trophy. Give it all and find a way to crack them. You need to be focused and strong the whole match. Come on ROGER, show us who is the best !!!!, of course without a doubt, you are !!!
11/11/2012 | 01:58 AM
Dear Roger,
It was a tough match, but tomorrow is a new opportunity to pick yourself up and fight. Murray is not an obstacle to your winning the 7th title; he is a stepping stone. So go get it! Win the tournament and make us proud!!
Lots of love,