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Out against Nadal

15.03.2013 | Tennis, Starseite 1

The clash of the titans at Indian Wells turned out to be a non event – unfortunately with our Roger on the losing side against Rafa Nadal 4-6, 2-6. Our Champ – always the gentleman – refused to blame the problem with his back saying: "I'm happy to be out there and able to compete, but it's obviously a small issue," he said. "That doesn't work against guys like Rafa". He added, "you could see at least I could serve full basically, and that always gives you a direction". He also said that he didn't want to talk about his back too much "because I don't like to undermine his performance, either". Rafa was just as magnanimous in victory saying "if I think that I am better than him because I beat him 19 against 10, I will be very stupid and very arrogant," he said. "This is not the case."

Roger had a miserable match against his old foe with only a slight glimmer of hope in the second set to get to 2-3 from 0-3 but Nadal took the remaining games in the set to win the match. It has to be said to Roger’s immense credit that he continued to play when obviously hampered by injury. There are a lot of players who would have retired rather than battling on never mind fashioning a break so early in the second set.

Next up will be the Mutua Madrid Open in May. 

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04/22/2013 | 04:39 PM
Darling Roger
Back to number 2. That is good news. You always be our number 1.
lots of love
04/22/2013 | 11:50 AM
MARIFE - I really do not understand your quotes.

However Rafa is a nice guy and as I have said prior he and Roger are pals. Remember Christmas 2011 when he and Roger played a series of matches for Roger's Foundation.

For me Roger is still number 1 followed by Rafa. Forget Djokovic and mopre so Murray.
04/22/2013 | 08:30 AM
what about the points, can you share the link. Thank you.
04/22/2013 | 08:27 AM
tennis at this time has excellent players and good ambassadors of the sport enjoy it and don't make negative comments , you all experts in tennis probably can not even play this game but somehow YOU KNOW IT ALL .......................COME ON..........get a life and be real......................good night
04/22/2013 | 08:21 AM
roger should've just retired before the match , but again he is a PERFECT GENTLEMEN and because he knew people paid to see the match he choose to play.................and in the process got even worse injured ........THATS WHY I LIKE AND RESPECT HIM AS A TENNIS PLAYER AND PERSON shows good character and is unique in so many ways .GOOD JOB ROGER .
FYI i m a RN and i work full time for over 3 decades and i take my vacation and work hard for tournaments so i can pay respect TO THIS GAME
04/22/2013 | 03:17 AM
As predicted,At post match interview,Nadal implied he was not in100%condition.I m not fan of Djokovic,but i admire his improvement.After Roger,he is the one who always do.This year improves his serve,comes up with more short cross court shots.Then look at Nadal still inferior backhand down the line,hardly play rising balls.once he served flatter in USO 2010 that the key he won,then back to hammer grip again next year.thanks god this guy is so unflexible otherwise he d dominate tennis right now.
04/22/2013 | 02:50 AM
FANCYFREE, Nadal is offensive with his statements, he said:
"I am not the kind of player who is STUPID and saids, I want to play against the best"
Everybody can understand that for Nadal the STUPID is ROGER!!!
All the best for you Roger.
04/21/2013 | 08:07 PM
Not only the ues but Djokovic is the best returner of all times
Tennis these days depends on how to hold the ball during the rallies as long as
possible and Djokovic is the expert on that part of the game.
04/21/2013 | 08:04 PM
Don't forget though, a couple of years ago Roger stopped Djokovic's long run of wins in the French Open so ..... he can do it again!
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