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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 | 01:50 AM
Roger, I think Del Potro is the past, and Murray is the present.you can win this battle.You are the best.You can do it again.You havr all your fans in Uuguay.VAMOS por mas!
11/11/2012 | 01:45 AM
how fortunate I am to have watched & enjoyed your journey thus far--more to come. Part of life filled with ups,downs,twists and turns.
Roger, we cannot predict the future, perhaps some day some of your records will be broken BUT I very much doubt that anyone will surpass your greatness as a tennis player,athlete and most importantly the most wonderful human being on and off the court.
Another S/F--wishing you all of the very best even though you are the best
Kind regards
11/11/2012 | 01:44 AM
My dear Roger, today was not a great day for you, and I feel sad for your loss against Del Potro. However, tomorrow you will have another match against Andy Murray. Take a rest, and plan your strategy, be confident, strong and focus your objective, your 7th. ATP Masters Final. Please, improve your service and reduced unforced errors. All your fans love you, I wish you good luck for tomorrow. Fight hard Roger!!!
11/11/2012 | 01:33 AM
Hello Roger
I am disappointed for you BUT NEVER in you--it is always a great pleasure to watch you play--fortunately for me it has been that way since I first watched you play as a young teenager in Switzerland many moons ago. I personally feel that it is of a great advantage to watch someone for the WHOLE of their career.
The AO website has an excellent article on Roger Federer and Rod Laver--when one reads your wonderful career and your great accomplishments I pinch myself and think
11/11/2012 | 01:15 AM
Dear Roger today was not a good day for you I really didn't think you were enjoying yourself for reasons only you will know. You have achieved so much in the 12 months since the US Open it has been amazing. Tomorrow is a new day and a new opponant and I will be supporting you with every point. I was at the O2 on Tuesday and Wednesday and saw you play. I was blown away to see all the love and admiration the thousands of fans had for you. "Good Luck for tomorrow Roger"

11/11/2012 | 12:54 AM
I couldn't watch your 3rd set and was disppointed to hear the sad news. They wrote up here that the Argentinian has given you plenty of trouble. In my opinion it's the opposite right now: you are the one who is giving that huge young guy a lot of trouble.

Against Murray I wish you a wounderful match!

a loyal RFan
11/11/2012 | 12:48 AM
1-My beautiful wonderful love, it was a great PRACTICE! Just one point here and there really. You hit amazing shots and you hit the lob I like, so impressive! :o Though I adore all your shots and your incredible game in general, always the greatest joy to see you play. You really are in super top shape.
11/11/2012 | 12:47 AM
2-Let it go completely Roger, it really doesn't matter at all, it doesn't make any difference whatsoever. I already forgot and I don't care, nothing happened, anyway you came on top of the group. Never mind, flow as you normally do. Cheer up! This is fun!

Let go of what no longer is serving you in general. Now it's a brand new day and a totally new setup. The opportunity is there so go for it and take it! You Can Do It!!!
11/11/2012 | 12:47 AM
3-And if your next opponent has reasons to play with freedom and confidence, well Roger you have like a 1000 more reasons to do that, all your amazing achievements throughout your career and this year's amazing season, all of that is current and it is all around you like an aura, you are the one how has the real edge. Use it all, including whatever you may feel, everything ads.
11/11/2012 | 12:47 AM
4-You have the all the weapons, the talent, the proven capacity, the effectiveness, the aggressive game, the super mental strength, the maximum focus and the will. You have it all, when the other's still searching. FIGHT! Have massive SELF LOVE, believe in yourself. Give this to yourself. Come on Roger!!!