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Final in London

11.11.2012 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger has just completed a comprehensive victory over Andy Murray 7-6(5),6-2 in the semi-final phase of the Barclays ATP tournament in London. Our Champ went back to the basics he knows so well with his serve and volley game backed up by impeccable baseline play and Murray just crumbled in the second set. He now meets Djokovic in the final tomorrow.

 

Roger produced another of the supremely dominant displays he seems to reserve for this tournament as he cruised past Murray in one hour and 33 minutes with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 win at London's O2 Arena and the Swiss great is now one win away from completing a hat-trick of titles at the prestigious season-ending event.While the two venues couldn't be more different, the 17-time Grand Slam champion seems just as in his element under the O2 Arena's domed roof as he does on Wimbledon's Centre Court.


Roger said "It was a special match. It was the third time in London this year for the two of us and the crowd was electric. You really made it for both of us. I have been around the block a few times and that was something. I can't thank you enough for that. You can't tire of nights like this. That is why I keep practising in front of no people, it inspires you to keep working hard."


In his gold medal victory at the All England Club, Murray had set the tone for his straight sets win by grabbing the initiative from the start and he was clearly determined to do the same again. It looked as though the British number one might be able to deliver his home crowd another glorious sporting moment to finish off an extraordinary 2012. He began in aggressive fashion, while our Champ was spraying his usually devastating forehand all round the O2 Arena, with an error on that side handing Murray an immediate break. But, rather than triggering a period of Murray dominance, that was simply the cue for an absorbing battle to break out. It only served to heighten a feverish atmosphere as Federer's huge army of fans more than held their own among the 17,800 spectators. Murray was racing away with the set and Roger did well to claw his way back from 0-30 at 3-1 down, and that escape appeared to shift the momentum. It needed several heavy serves around the 135mph mark to keep Murray ahead in game six, but with his forehand now finding their targets Roger got back on level terms at 4-4. The 31-year-old Swiss was now in charge, pushing for another break before recovering a 3-1 deficit in a tense tie-break. Another superb forehand got him back to 3-3 and the pressure began to tell on Murray, who swiped his racquet in anger after an error handed Roger two set points. Murray's excellent start was long forgotten now and the Scot crept past Roger’s 14 unforced errors by giving up a 15th on set point. After a 62-minute opening set, the second flashed by in 33 minutes as the Champ got into full flow. With the momentum firmly in his favour, Roger was able to unveil the full range of his arsenal in the second set and the end came with the 17-time Grand Slam champion swarming all over the net.


"I knew that if I lost today it's the end of the season, so I gave everything I had and couldn't be more happy," Roger said on court after the match. Roger remains on course for a seventh ATP Tour Finals title to set up a final showdown with Novak Djokovic.

 
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11/18/2012 | 02:40 PM
You are the best tennis player even you lost to Djokovic, younger in age.

The significance of a man lies not in what he attains
but in what he longs to attain.
Kalil Glibran

A small wisdom will make us happy!

Beat regards from the red autumn of Montreal Canada!
11/13/2012 | 12:08 AM
Dear Roger
You lost a match you should not have to lose! You were better but in the crucial moments you made a lot of UEs and I think you were nervous and didn't show enough selfconfidence! You lost the both sets for nothing!
Anyway I will always respect your tennis and you as the GOAT! Yes, you lost the battle, but you haven't lost the war!
Take a rest dear Roger and good luck!
Love, Mimi
11/13/2012 | 12:00 AM
Very sad that you lost a match you should have won. You were ahead in both sets but could not complete. You cannot do this and compete against the big boys. This just shows that you do not deserve to be number one. You need a coach and a support team like your peers. you do not neded fans who offer false support and kiss your .......
11/12/2012 | 11:54 PM
Roger i am really sad you lost the final today but you have to learn how to practice how to stay calm and don't frustrate under pressure, you were very close of winning an easy 7th title but you lost because you frustrated which happens alot specially against Novak and tooooooo many forehand unforced errors.
have a good rest with your family and I wish you a fantastic season 2013 with more than 1 grand slam trophy and getting back to the top of the rankings.
11/12/2012 | 11:54 PM
Roger i am really sad you lost the final today but you have to learn how to practice how to stay calm and don't frustrate under pressure, you were very close of winning an easy 7th title but you lost because you frustrated which happens alot specially against Novak and tooooooo many forehand unforced errors.
have a good rest with your family and I wish you a fantastic season 2013 with more than 1 grand slam trophy and getting back to the top of the rankings.
11/12/2012 | 11:53 PM
I am sad for the result of your match tonight. Even if he won the game that doesn't mean he's the best..No he's not..You're still the BEST TENNIS PLAYER in the world, The Champion of all Champions, The Real WORLD NO 1!..Roger you're the Great!

Have a wonderful holiday season with your lovely and adoring family. ALL the BEST on 2013!
11/12/2012 | 11:52 PM
Dear Roger, you did play very well always classy. You have told the others you r still there, never call u out. You look sad but please dont b shame.... Shame on ATP, u r building a machine and killing tennis, if u keep slowing the courts, there will packs of robots in the tour.
11/12/2012 | 11:51 PM
hava Rlvy and rose attend prmary school? we havn’t see them for long.best wish to your lovely family.we are still with you.
11/12/2012 | 11:50 PM
I think you played an outstanding match tonight, Roger! Too bad that luck was not at your side, and Djoko was too consistent. I really think it's on your psychological level - the confidence is slowly slipping, hence the ridiculous unforced errors. Don't listen to the hypocrites, who say that you're loosing it; you're at your best as ever. God speed for the next season, I'm sure another major to come!
11/12/2012 | 11:49 PM
ROGER

WELL PLAYED. YOU TRIED YOUR BEST. A POINT HERE AND THERE MADE YOU LOSE THE MATCH. YOU WERE IN FULL CONTROL BUT COULDNT MANAGE TO SEAL THE FIRST AND SECOND SET.

A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK IS NEEDED BUT IT WASNT AT YOUR SIDE TODAY.

ROGER, YOU REACHED THE FINAL AND ALMOST WON IT AGAIN.
WE, YOUR FANS ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU. TO DO ALL OF THIS AT THE AGE OF 31 IN TOPSPORT TENNIS IS AMAZING.

HAVE A NICE HOLIDAY AND ENJOY WITH FAMILY AND KIDS

SABRI
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