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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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04/17/2013 | 08:31 AM
Roger, you don't have to commit and play Davis Cup. Especially since it is in September and that is close to US Open. Remember what happened last year?
I rather you give it your all to win the US Open than play at DC and have a bad end of the year like last year. You already did so much for your country, you deserve to think about yourself and increase the number of GS. That is what will make your country proud, not the DC.
I feel so bad when your own teammates say such things about you.
04/16/2013 | 11:22 PM
Miss seeing you out there Roger. Come back soon.
04/16/2013 | 07:35 PM
Hi Roger! Wherever you are, hope all is well! Im ridiculously excited because I think you have a friend right here where I live!!! I heard you come and visit and practice here with your friend in the summer!! Is it true! If you get a request to meet with me and my husband...PLEASE say yes :) Im just one of your millions of biggest fans!!
Love and adore you! Janice
04/16/2013 | 09:25 AM
Madrid Tournament is coming, just 19 days left for the big tennis tournament. Monte-Carlo tournament my favourite is Rafael Nadal because there is no Roger Federer.
04/16/2013 | 06:22 AM
Roger don't lose your tempermant. You will do more more and more...Wish you a v best of luck next tournaments...
04/16/2013 | 04:59 AM
all egypt love you
04/15/2013 | 05:53 PM
hi roger..missin u vry badly..want to c ya asap..wz cherishin your 7th wimbledon victory today...hope u practisin well rog!!enjoy d brk tooo.
love ya
your #1 fan 4ever... xoxo :-*
bounce back harder when u come back..
allez rog!!!!!
04/15/2013 | 04:13 PM
yo tambien te extraño Roger!!!
Espero que prontito llegue Mayo, asi todos podremos verte en Madrid!!!
desde Argentina.-
04/15/2013 | 04:13 PM
yo tambien te extraño Roger!!!
Espero que prontito llegue Mayo, asi todos podremos verte en Madrid!!!
desde Argentina.-
04/15/2013 | 12:15 AM
Really missing you