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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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11/16/2012 | 12:26 PM
Watching this match live in O2 arena was my dream coming true.My biggest sports fun dream. It doesn't really matter that you've lost although you deserved at least third set. It was very intense and extremely high quality match and I think both of you guys were somewhere near the top of your game. For me it was almost mystic experience which I will never forget. I don't mean only your genius game which is truism, but also what incredible and inspiring human being you are. Thank you very much !!!
11/16/2012 | 09:42 AM
Dear Roger, that was a tough loss, esp. with the early leads you had in both sets, but hey, it's end of the season, and it seems that for once Novak has paced himself better (I got a chance to cheer for you in the stands during Janko match). But anyway - this was a SUPERB YEAR!!! Congratulations for breaking the record, getting back to No. 1 when lots of people didn't believe you could, and for scintillating, indeed, tennis. Have a good rest, and we're looking forward to more of you next year!
11/16/2012 | 05:11 AM
He might not have No 1 next to his name right now but we all know Roger is still and always will be the best! Have a great holiday with you lovely family and maybe we will see you in Aus in January
11/16/2012 | 12:59 AM
Deine sehr guten Serves haben eben von meinem Armchair aus etwas gefehlt .
11/15/2012 | 09:58 PM
Highly enjoyable and masterful match by both players, but Roger came on top, as always, in terms of the Top Ten points.

¡Colombia te espera!

11/15/2012 | 06:56 PM
Heartfelt congratulations, Roger! We witnessed amazing extraordinary tennis quality on Monday night... Even if we would have prefered another final result, we were blown away by a number of the magical points... Bravissimo!

And thank you so much once more for your incredible season. You made your fans proud and happy.

Enjoy your time off! Many blessings
11/15/2012 | 05:26 PM
No worries for that match. You had a great year in 2012 & I felt so good to see u smiling when you met Totti after the final match ---


Allez....... Enjoy your vacations.
11/15/2012 | 03:57 PM
11/15/2012 | 01:07 PM
Enjoy your vacations Roger. Just now saw your schedule of exhibition matches in December, 2012 ---


Hope, u have a great time in South America. See you in January in Melbourne :). Allez !!!
11/15/2012 | 11:51 AM
Hard luck ROGE!!

It was a good match and so close and could go either way.May be (as you said) small things made the difference!!

Anyway, it was such an amazing season and you did delight us as usual with ur extraordinary,passionate and beyond belief performances and I think it was the best year since 2007!!

So now it's time for a well deserved rest, and then to be ready for the upcoming challenges!!

We'll miss u this year in Abu Dhabi Mubadala!!

Forever proud to ur fan

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