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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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04/04/2013 | 08:28 PM
missing you already roger, tennis without you is an unbearable thought. WHATEVER YOU DO, PLS DONT STOP PLAYING TENNIS!!!
04/04/2013 | 05:04 PM
Hey Roger, just now read that today is celebrated as the Federer Confession day by all youRFans ---

http://www.rogerfedererfans.com/forum/topic/183-confession-on-this-very-day-roger-federer-broke-his-racquet-i-broke-my-iphone-at-miami-masters-2009/

I also have to confess I don't eat for a whole day when u lose :(. This is how, we love you. Take care. xoxo
04/04/2013 | 01:25 PM
Pleassssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssse play in Monte-Carlo, Dear Roger. Really missing you very much.
04/04/2013 | 07:57 AM
Hey Roger: Please play Montecarlo, I beleive i will suit you well, play the wildcard, get some time on court, if your back is healthy you should get on court and dominate. The only player that can beat Rafa in monaco is you since you have the greatest amount of weapons the game has ever seen. Always cheering for you.
04/04/2013 | 07:51 AM
Non c'è proprio nessuna possibilità che tu ci ripensi e tu possa giocare già a Montecarlo? Girano in giro voci sicuramente maligne che tu stia pensando al ritiro. Potresti smentirle o c'è un fondo di verità. I tuoi tifosi credo ti saranno sempre vicini in ogni caso. Spero però di rivederti presto in campo e vincente. Senza di te il tennis non esiste. Un caro saluto a te e a tutta la tua meravigliosa famiglia.
04/03/2013 | 05:56 PM
EL TENIS NO ES LO MISMO SIN EL GRAN ROGER, POR ESO TE ESPERAMOS EN MADRID!!!!!
POR SIEMPRE ROGER!!!
DESDE ARGENTINA.
SILVINA.-
04/03/2013 | 05:51 PM
QUEREMOS SABER MAS DE VOS ROGER!!! COMO VA LA RECUPERACION DE ESA ESPALDA Y COMO TE ESTAS PREPARANDO PARA MADRID EN MAYO. BUENO, TE DEJO MIS MEJORES DESEOS DE MUCHA FORTUNA Y FELICIDAD Y AVANTTI MOROCHO!!! COMO DECIMOS ACA. SILVINA
04/03/2013 | 05:42 PM
AUNQUE HAYA DESCENDIDO EN POSICIONES, PARA MI SERA SIEMPRE EL N 1. ROGER ES PURA MAGIA. EL MISMO, ES EL TENIS. SALUD Y PRONTA RECUPERACION. DESDE ARGENTINA. SILVINA.
04/03/2013 | 12:09 PM
But I don't know..... would love to see Roger sooner, I am really missing him,
really really missing him, but I don't want him to hurt his back more or to slip.

Loved those photos of him !!!
04/03/2013 | 12:07 PM
Wild Cart at Monte Carlo:

On one hand I say yes, because it is a 1000 title he does not have and after MC he still has two weeks before Madrid starts.
On the other hand I say no, because is that not the tour rafa won 8 years straight?
And if it is slippery, Roger should not risk it.

Did not know that in 2009 he accepted the wild cart at MC and won RG and Wimby the same year !!! For that it should definitely be a yes !!!