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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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04/11/2013 | 03:33 PM
hi roger!!! wishin u a vry happy wedding anniversary!!!!! always stay togethr wid mirka cz u both look so sweet together!!!! enjoy the day 2 d fullest n yeah bounce back better n stronger in madrid...we r all waitin to see YOU..the real you..practise hard n go win it roger!!!!!!!!!!!! good luck
alll the best
love ya
YOUR #1 FAN FOREVER<3<3.... :) :* :*
04/11/2013 | 12:55 PM
I am pleased you are doing the right thing Roger about your back and training. Monte Carlo must have been a big temptation especially that Djokovic may not make it there. We will just have to be patient for a little longer.
Have a good anniversary Roger and Mirka!
04/11/2013 | 03:16 AM
RF4WORLD. thanks for the info. Great to share such great news. Guess we all knew Roger will never miss his beloved Basel.
04/10/2013 | 06:17 PM
What fantastic news Roger! I was hoping you would put your name down for Basel. I could not believe you would not!
Let me at the tickets!
04/10/2013 | 04:48 PM
Bellísima la foto entrenando!!! Qué hermoso paisaje y felicitaciones al gran Roger por jugar en Basilea!!!
04/10/2013 | 02:04 PM
@coraz: Just now, found the english translated interview of the article


Thanks Roger, I am so excited to be travelling to Basel. You mean the world to all of us. Love you more than Life. xoxo
04/10/2013 | 01:28 PM
Hi, Rog. Great to see your practice pic in Switzerland and a nice view. Also great to hear that you are playing Basel. Looking forward to your next match.
04/10/2013 | 10:30 AM
RF4WORLD, where have you heard or read that?? I can't find anything on that.
04/10/2013 | 07:51 AM
Hey Rog, just now heard that you have said yes to play at Basel 2013


That's such a great news for me & for all us fans.I will be travelling all the way to Basel from Argentina. Love you a lot.
04/10/2013 | 05:00 AM
Roger ! where are you and how are you doing ?? Such a long time no hear!
I miss you terribly. Hope you are well and ready to beat some BIG M..... Go Roger!! YOU KNOW YOU CAN DO IT !!
God bless