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Roger loses London final

12.11.2012 | Tennis, Starseite 2

A scintillating and truly exciting game lasting 2hr.14 minutes with some of the most impressive tennis seen this year. Unfortunately the result went against our Champ Roger 6-7(6), 5-7 but he played his part in producing a final to go down in history with a worthy opponent in Djokovic.

 

'I cannot play much better than I did today so I am very pleased."  This was Roger speaking after he had lost out 6-7 (6-8) ,5-7 to Novak Djokovic last night in the O2 arena,London. It was a fascinating game and a fitting end to a high quality championship. 
Roger continued "Congratulations to Novak on an amazing year and tournament, you're the best”. Roger indeed started well, winning the opening nine points and 12 of the first 14 to take a 3-0 lead. He then won the first point of the fourth game, but Djokovic finally held his serve — and soon broke back.In the ninth game, Djokovic broke again to serve for the set at 5-4, but our Champ evened the score and forced the tiebreaker.

"I shouldn't have been broken as often as I was broken today," said Roger, who lost his serve twice in each set. "But then again, that obviously has something to do with Novak, as well. Obviously I was going to try to go after my shots and not just hand it to him. That's just how I play tennis," said Roger. "If I have 80 errors and I win the match, I don't care. I really don't. Maybe a bit of regret because I had the lead twice first before him," said the two-time defending champion. "At the end of the day, that doesn't matter. You have to get over the finish line in the set and then obviously at the match. He was better at that today." 

To start the second set, Roger broke Djokovic and then held all the way to 5-3. A game later and serving for the set, he had two set points but  put a forehand wide and  then another into the net.The breaker included a candidate for the best point of the year as Djokovic, on set point, lunged to clip a diving Roger volley past his opponent, only for the Swiss to contort his body and fire a forehand winner past the Serb from an impossibly acute angle.Two more mistakes from our Champ put Djokovic back on serve and back on track for the title. The Serb closed it out with the backhand passing winner. An amazing game had finished.

 
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11/24/2012 | 06:09 AM
Hola Roger!!!
No pude escribirte antes, pero solo quiero decirte, que:
Para mi eres y seras el gran Maestro, para mi tu eres y seras el numero Uno hoy y siempre. El mejor tenista de todos los tiempos.
Ahora a prepararse para un gran 2013.
Te quiero
11/17/2012 | 10:54 AM
I watch your matches on TV regularly since your first win at Wimbledon. My remaining wish is to watch you live; I shall work on this wish during 2013, good luck all the way.
11/17/2012 | 10:09 AM
Thanks "Master" for this wonderful tennisyear that you have given us and yourself,
have a nice holidays with family and friends, see you next year ;-)

Kind regards Ellen
11/16/2012 | 09:09 PM
Dear Roger,
You played well. I know you always play well. You will win next year, I'm sure.
Lots of love to you and your great family!
Best Wishes1
boy#1
11/16/2012 | 08:05 PM
Watching the highlights again made me think this was one of the great matches of your recent career, Roger. The standard was so high, absolutely mesmerizing shots that only you could accomplish. Although the game went against you in the end, you can hold your jead up high, as it was an outstanding performance.
Have a great break away from tennis with your family. xxx
11/16/2012 | 07:12 PM
Dear Roger it was a great match and you played superb tennis - I was on the edge of my seat most of the time! And I agree KittytheCats comments really in that it has been a great year for you.

as you have said your service was broken a bit too often at crucial times and this made a difference. If in the second set you had served as well as at the beginning, then it may have gone to a third set. Also late on, did your concentration lapse just a little letting Novak back in?

best wishes
11/16/2012 | 07:10 PM
Dear Roger,

You played a great match against a very tough and determined opponent. You certainly gave it your all and like you and everyone here I was sad that the match did not go in your favour.

However, congratulations on an amazing tennis year and thank you. You should be proud of what you have achieved, as I am and all your fans are. Have a well earned vacation with your family and I look forward to seeing you in 2013.

Love From Christinexx
11/16/2012 | 06:53 PM
for sure, a great match, played by You mainly.
all we love your spectacular tennis, even when you lost.

thank so much, Greatest Champion. to the next time, when you'll like it.
11/16/2012 | 05:58 PM
In retrospect...you had a great year. You won the Wimbledon title for a seventh time,
an Olympic Silver Medal and captured the Number one spot for a total of 302 weeks.
Not bad, not bad at all. A brilliantly stunning year to an amazing career. And it is not over yet.

Have a nice holiday with your family. They must be so proud of you. You are truly blessed.

With you... always.
11/16/2012 | 05:47 PM
It was an exciting match...The atmosphere was electric. Sad at the outcome. We were there @ the O2 cheering you on...all the way. You made some spectacular and amazing shots. Brilliant service game. The difference of one or two shots, either way, made the difference on who would win the championship. You gave it your best.

Djokovic was on fire, spurred on by his seriously ill father and his relentless desire to win the title dedicated to him.

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