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Out against Benneteau

15.02.2013 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger was shocked by Julien Benneteau in the quarter finals of Rotterdam today, losing to the Frenchman 3-6, 5-7.

Roger did not seem his usual self, battling with ill-timed double faults and a bad rhythm in general. Benneteau secured three service breaks, while dropping just one to clearly lead the match. It was only at 2-4 in the second set that Roger finally scored a break after being able to hold serve. Unfortunately he struggled with his serve again at 5-6 and finally had to admit defeat after too many errors including another double fault.

Next up for Roger are the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, starting on February 25th.

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02/19/2013 | 08:09 AM
Hi Roger,
You are a shinning -star and like star you belong at the top...
02/19/2013 | 01:47 AM
you're an accurate reporter and it's nice to see how many fans you have here. I was also waiting for your comments.
Actually I thank every opportunity that I have to see Roger play. I often found myself sad when I think of tournements and grand slams without him, in a future that I hope is as far as possible. His classy, stylish tennis is priceless.
A few defeats? Bad days? Of course! They are part of the road.
The important thing is: What's next, Champion?
02/18/2013 | 10:19 PM
Well said DUTCHLADY.
I am sure Roger wants to win each time, like we would all like him to,but he is, luckily for us human. A very nice human at that! I suspect that Roger had a "niggle" in his back or something. Clearly, something was bothering him. Like everyone, he would wish to be 100% mentally and physically all the time, but we all have days when our bodies do not move as well as normal especially as we get older. That said Benneteau must have played well. The real Roger will be back!
02/18/2013 | 09:12 PM
ANd about the empty seats: I believe those belonged to what is called 'no shows', people who have tickets, but decide not to go or coudn't be there for some reason. I had a ticket for the week, but only watched Roger practice on Monday before I went to watch only his matches and practices the rest of the week. I wasn't there on Saturday and decided only at the last moment to get up in time to watch our Dutchies play the doubles final on Sunday and stay for the singles final.....
02/18/2013 | 09:03 PM
And there would have been more visitors than last year, I believe.
So please give Richard some credit. I am very proud to see him as tournament director and happy he hasn't disappeared in oblivion. With any luck he will make it happen that one day Rotterdam will be a Masters 1000 indoor tournament and all the star players will HAVE to play Rotterdam. Imagine having such an event on our doorstep... I can't wait.
02/18/2013 | 09:00 PM
We as Roger-fans should be carefull not to take things too seriously. Richard is very fond of Roger and who wouldn't be (Djoker fans maybe or Nadal fanatics). And especially because there is so much respect and sympathy he felt he could make that joke. So please regard is as a simple joke in a speech. It was tough for Richard too that he lost his main star before the weekend. Had Roger won, there wouldn't have been a seat left empty on Sunday or Saturday evening.
02/18/2013 | 08:56 PM
Thank you. Allthough I booed a little after Richard Krajicek said at the trophy ceremony that there was someone better than Roger this week or someone who can beat Roger in Rotterdam I didn't mean it seriously. I was just joking, like Richard did. I really like Richard Krajicek, because of the player he used to be and because he made us proud by winning Wimbledon. But also because I like his understated sense of humour, which is not always understood.
02/18/2013 | 08:48 PM
Well, Rog, it’s tough, especially when you may not be feeling great, to beat a player who has given you some trouble in the past & who is playing very well. All you can do is just what you did, give it all you have, try hard, accept the outcome as graciously as possible & move on.

I hope by now you’ve met & had a delightful visit with Nelson Mandela. I also hope your foundation work in SA is going well & you enjoyed seeing the progress during your time there.

All the best in Dubai!
02/18/2013 | 07:17 PM
Joke, van vond jij van Richard's opmerking dat hij niet dacht (zoiets zei hij) dat hij na vorig jaar iemand beter kon krijgen dan Roger, maar dat het hem dit jaar was gelukt met Del Potro en Benneteau.

Ik vond dat zo'n lage opmerking en streek, wetende dat Roger de reden is dat de wedstrijden uitverkocht zijn. De finale was uitverkocht, toen Roger eruit was, waren er zaterdag voor de finale van zondag bijna 8 ringen nog vrij en zelfs kaarten te koop bij de kassa.
Wil je reageren? Groet, Kemn
02/18/2013 | 07:12 PM
Daar kan je toch alleen maar respect voor hebben en nog meer van hem houden.
Ik snap de mensen ook niet (zelfs zijn eigen fans) die hem beginnen af te schrijven of boos op hem zijn. Hij is human en had gewoon zijn dag niet. Benneteau speelde goed, verdiende het om te winnen van hem, maar Roger had hem (als hij geen pijn had) zeker kunnen verslaan. Ik hoop dat hij volgend jaar weer terugkomt. Dan ga ik weer proberen hem te zien voor de eerste keer.
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