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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 | 01:02 PM
Commiserations, Roger. As ever, you were very gracious in defeat.

Yesterday aside, congratulations for your stunning achievements over the past year - in particular winning Wimbledon for a 7th time and, of course, regaining the No 1 ranking, setting the all time record of 302 weeks at No 1 - a record which will be very difficult for anyone to better. It has been an absolute privilege to witness it. Thank you.

Have a very well-earned rest, and here's to a successful 2013! xx
11/13/2012 | 01:01 PM
CHAMP you have played amazingly, it was indeed a great match between both of you. You are truly a great player and a great ambassodar of tennis, infact of sports. throughout the year you have played amazingly, it was always a treat to watch you playing. lots and lots of respect for you and your grace. Enjoy and take good care of yourself have a happy and blessed end of 2012 and wish you good luck by heart for flourishing 2013, may you win your every match. May Allah always bless you my dear!
11/13/2012 | 12:55 PM
It was a terrific match, Roger, and you gave it all you could. Your fans around the world are all so proud of your achievements this year. You truly thrilled us so.
Enjoy your break with your family. We all look forward to another smashing season for you next year, Roger!
Lots of love,
Virginia.
11/13/2012 | 12:54 PM
~ Same here ADI1008... I do not feel devastated, just sad I guess... It is always painful to see him lose as the haters will start crashing and insulting him again... Ahhhh Rogi, no matter what ridiculous comments they throw on you, every tennis fan in the world knows that YOU ARE THE GOAT, WIN OR LOSE!!! I could not imagine tennis without you... And by just having a thought of it, it kills me deep inside... J'etaime Rogelio Frederico!!! FEDTARDS LOVE YOU!!!! :)
11/13/2012 | 12:54 PM
~ Same here ADI1008... I do not feel devastated, just sad I guess... It is always painful to see him lose as the haters will start crashing and insulting him again... Ahhhh Rogi, no matter what ridiculous comments they throw on you, every tennis fan in the world knows that YOU ARE THE GOAT, WIN OR LOSE!!! I could not imagine tennis without you... And by just having a thought of it, it kills me deep inside... J'etaime Rogelio Frederico!!! FEDTARDS LOVE YOU!!!! :)
11/13/2012 | 12:51 PM
~ Such a pity to see you holding a PLATE instead of a CUP... Long rallies are indeed not your game, how I wish I could make you 23yo again... To see you play will heal all the wounds that caused by your loss.. Guess we have to wait for another 4 weeks to pick up the pieces and make them whole again...

ALLEZ ROGI!!! Que la force soit avec vous!!!! Nous vous aimerai toujours, quoi qu'il arrive ... Gagner ou Perdre!!! FEDTARDS LOVE YOU!!! :(
11/13/2012 | 12:45 PM
You play really good last night but luck was on his side.I don'y agree with you in one thing-you can play better we all that,especially your forhand can be bettter.But never mind better luck next time.
11/13/2012 | 12:45 PM
You play really good last night but luck was on his side.I don'y agree with you in one thing-you can play better we all that,especially your forhand can be bettter.But never mind better luck next time.
11/13/2012 | 12:34 PM
It was very strong match ... Roger loss it but he win in our heart , really there is no more than 100 fan in london for novak , but no problem 2013 very soon and we will see what will happen ,,, but i would say to roger you have put more drop shot in the the match specially against novak , delpotro (thank you roger for amazing season we love you and support you until the end <3
11/13/2012 | 12:31 PM
All this world is about winning but does not matter how. This is really bothering me. Even if Roger lost this championship, his game was incredible. Nobody can play like him. I just want him to play as much as he can and feels the love of the game. Otherwise even full with a lot of winners the tournaments will be empty for me.

I wish all the best for Roger and a good season for 2013! I am sure it will hapen :-).