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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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11/14/2012 | 06:21 AM
Sad loss but still tough fight.you played your best game but its not your day.i m surprised and fall for you again for your positive approach towards this match you truly are legend of this game!Now enjoy vacation which you deserve after this extraordinary and successful year.take some rest and spend some time with your family which will refresh you,then start training for next year.wish you good luck for next year and thank you for this amazing season and all entertainment you give us. Love you
11/14/2012 | 06:11 AM
Yes Yes Yes!! finally u say it out u want faster courts.If not u they wont listen. No need to feel bad that the critics or haters will attack u on this saying, it is good to tennis as whole pictures.Youngster players will develop their skills and technics not just the muscular strength that lifting level of the games will benefit the audiences which is most important. We cannot accept or bear the super slow courts anymore.
11/14/2012 | 05:59 AM
Roger, have a great holiday with your family. Let us move towards a better 2013. See you in Melbourne
11/14/2012 | 05:44 AM
Well played champ. You must improve your 1st serve percentage. It seems to let you down on cruicial points.
11/14/2012 | 05:42 AM
I like very much the recent article from ATP website on your "love of the game" after the loss. Your love for tennis (which is your career) and your positive attitude even for a loss show that you are the master of tennis to be learnt by not just the tennis players but all of us.
11/14/2012 | 05:37 AM
Roger was really close to win: the first set might go in favour of Roger and Roger was serving for the 2nd set. It's really tough loss. Novak won on important points and it simply shows that he won by his stability and mental strength which are slightly better than Roger.
11/14/2012 | 04:39 AM
Roger: Yopu had a good game but unfortunately you had some inconsistency, the best thing from this torunament is that you found the level that you need to regain the top spot next year and fight on all slams. The level in the Second set against Murray and the fiorst four games against nole is what you should extend and by doing that you can have an undefeated season, now rest. Then start training and lear and improve your game in your tour and have a god father and son time with Robert.
11/14/2012 | 04:06 AM
you showed how disappointed you were to lose, even mac noticed.
11/14/2012 | 04:05 AM
roger had some great shots but not the complete game. pretty doesn't win the match. you are tiring against the youngsters, you have to win quickly.
11/14/2012 | 04:05 AM
Thanks for the very close & exciting match!! Novak only barely squeaked by you! Of the 3 big tournaments in England, YOU WERE THE ONLY PLAYER TO MAKE IT TO THE FINALS OF ALL 3: WIMBLEDON; OLYMPICS GOLD MEDAL MATCH & THE MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH. You had a great year & you're in great health & still on top. We Federer Fans must count our blessings!