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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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03/31/2013 | 08:08 PM
HOLA ROOOO MI SOL BELLO MUY FELICES PASCUAS PARA TI MIRKA LAS NIÑAS TU FAMILIA Y EQUIPO BESOS TE AMO ROSI DE ARGENTINA
03/31/2013 | 07:02 PM
Happy Easter, Roger . Have a great day
03/31/2013 | 05:12 PM
Lo scorso anno in questo periodo era n. 3. Non sarebbe una tragedia. Basta poco poi per risalire. Sarebbero solo 10 i punti di differenza. Certo se si ostina a non giocare Montecarlo nonostante la wild card offerta allora sarà difficile risalire. Mi piacerebbe che qui visto che è il sito ufficiale Roger dicesse chiaramente che non sarà a Montecarlo anche se per me è un errore. Inoltre non vedere Roger in campo per così tanto tempo è una vera tortura.
03/31/2013 | 05:12 PM
Lo scorso anno in questo periodo era n. 3. Non sarebbe una tragedia. Basta poco poi per risalire. Sarebbero solo 10 i punti di differenza. Certo se si ostina a non giocare Montecarlo nonostante la wild card offerta allora sarà difficile risalire. Mi piacerebbe che qui visto che è il sito ufficiale Roger dicesse chiaramente che non sarà a Montecarlo anche se per me è un errore. Inoltre non vedere Roger in campo per così tanto tempo è una vera tortura.
03/31/2013 | 04:35 PM
Happy Easter Roger!
03/31/2013 | 03:22 AM
****Fancyfree****

Yes , I'm with you on the ' go. David Ferrer'. I will be watching later today, Ferrer has to win ! really don't want to see Roger slip down to Number 3!!!!

Especially as he is actually the Number 1 in my book !!!
Rx
03/30/2013 | 11:40 PM
You played great! I watched Rafa play in the semis and he was pumped up. I hope you win in Madrid.
Best Wishes!
Sandy
03/30/2013 | 11:30 PM
Go David Ferrer Go! The only way our beloved Roger can keep his No 2 ranking!
03/30/2013 | 11:22 PM
Happy Easter Roger and family! Lindt Easter eggs, yumm!
03/30/2013 | 11:19 PM
It will be quite upsetting to see you slip down to no. 3, but it will not be the end of the world. I am hoping you you will be fit, rested and raring to go after your break. I remember the last lengthy break you had, in 2011. You then came out and won everything in sight and then followed through in 2012. It was wonderful! I hope you can do that again, you are so wonderful to watch, but it is good to share celebrating a win with you! I hope your back is now strong again.