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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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04/01/2013 | 09:28 PM
Dear Roger, I am really missing you and have nothing to do, but wait and wait until you finally play in Madrid 6 weeks from now. Please come back sooner.

Love from MasterofTennis
04/01/2013 | 08:53 PM
i love you rog
04/01/2013 | 06:55 PM
Happy Birthday Mirka!!
We wish you health and happiness for many, many years.
God bless you.
Love from Brazil.
04/01/2013 | 06:12 PM
Success springs from a passionate heart
Happiness from a valiant spirit !
Roger has mastered it all ...
May the new Season carry him on gentle wings
Along the path to new glory !
With love always, dear Roger !
jenni
04/01/2013 | 05:52 PM
Dear Roger,
You must consider playing in Monte-Carlo , the long break is not helping you to gain points, please think about it seriously
04/01/2013 | 05:31 PM
Dear Roger,

I wish you and your family Happy Easter and Happy Birthday to Mirka! We are waiting for you, Champion! Although, for us, it's really tough to wait.. Please, hurry :) All the best for you! Take care of yourself! Love you
04/01/2013 | 04:43 PM
Happy Birthday Mirka!!
Please stay healthy and happy. I am so glad you will be playing tennis for all of us again.
04/01/2013 | 04:43 PM
Happy Birthday Mirka!!
Please stay healthy and happy. I am so glad you will be playing tennis for all of us again.
04/01/2013 | 01:49 PM
happy birthday to Mirka, the lovely, and loving, rock behind Roger great career!!
Hope everyone in the family is celebrating, eating chocolate eggs and relaxing :-)
here we are waiting to see the great maestro playing at his magical best again. See you in Madrid Roger
though it is tough to wait so long.

ps. I really don't think world ranking means such a great deal: just enjoy His game, mates :-)
04/01/2013 | 01:45 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MIRKA! Hope you are all well .
Looking forward to May and watch Roger's brilliant , artistic tennis once more.
Best wishes.