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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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11/13/2012 | 11:21 PM
Our Darling Champion Roger:
You played beautiful tennis & some of your shots made people gasp in awe. You made ND work so hard, you made him sweat, tumble and fall twice, yet he got lucky. You are the Tennis King & the beloved Champion that people come to see and cheer for. I was broken hearted yesterday then I saw the video clip of you laughing and tending to your fans, it was uplifting, cheered me up. Thank u for an outstanding year. Have a fabulous holiday & enjoy your family. Luv u
Grace
11/13/2012 | 11:20 PM
Great match..and great shots..wait for AUS Open impatiently ...Enjoy ur holiday GENIUS
11/13/2012 | 11:08 PM
The match was absolutely brilliant but why were the bottles of champagne given to both finalists not the same size? ..... Hardly a class act .....
11/13/2012 | 10:24 PM
What a great match! I couldn't believe there were so many deuce games. Rog almost nabbed another one but not to be in 2012. However, yet again in the finals. How many players can say they made it in the top 8 over and over.
11/13/2012 | 10:05 PM
There is only one player who can lose a match but the viewers will remember his genius shots for months and years to come - Roger Federer. Still creating memories even at 31. HERES to more in 2013!
11/13/2012 | 10:01 PM
I can't believe it..... You did play so well. so good.... so great.
11/13/2012 | 09:53 PM
You were amazing! Sadly it was Novak's turn this time. You played great,lots of superb shots and you thrilled the crowd! I do hope you are not too sad. You were playing everyday with no rest unlike your opponents. Yet you were incredible against Murray too! We fans can't thank you enough. Have a good rest, meanwhile we'll watch your videos.
11/13/2012 | 09:53 PM
ciao roger sono un tuo grande tifoso e sei sempre il n1. mi è dispiaciuto tanto ieri. peccato!!! grande match il tuo con grandi colpi ma alla fine novak è stato fortunato come sempre...meritavi di vincere tu!! forza king roger!!!
11/13/2012 | 09:36 PM
Thank you for a grand year of watching you play, Roger. Best wishes for next season in all your endeavors.
11/13/2012 | 09:10 PM
This December!!!!!

Love,

A.