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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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04/20/2013 | 11:02 AM
I completely agree with BOTING! Of course it's pure cheating! I wonder why THO hasn't put something like that on his ankle!!
04/20/2013 | 08:18 AM
Well done Dimitrov. very close, very close. After this match, he gave me clearer picture of Roger's successor. Hope he can improve his game and maintain the level of consistency.
04/20/2013 | 06:42 AM
Thank you RF4WORLD for posting the updates.When we come to know the details of what's federer doing it feels like we no longer miss him
04/19/2013 | 08:50 PM

your kidding running like a rabit with a taped knee on gravel cour or any court
sorry ...
04/19/2013 | 07:41 PM
BOTING the reason for Rafa's bandage is simply to protect his knee. Please show the same respect towards him as you do towards Roger. He too is a lovely and talented player.
04/19/2013 | 06:21 PM
plz thank stan on behalf of all d fans because hw bt. murray n u move back to #2 rank again roger!!! but m sorry he lost to jo willy in QF..cngrats TO YOY.. n yeah hope u r healthy n so is your adorable family.. i really hope your preps r goin awesome and i hope u really have an unforgettable claycourt season (in a good sense ofcourse). all thw best roger..cnt wait back to c u again
love from your #1 fan
vishakha.. all the best roger!!!
04/19/2013 | 05:17 PM
Wait to see you our champ.Just wacthing the match between Nadal and Dimitrov that made me missed our Roger.Wait to see classic tennis style from our champ.Take care and stay healthy for next match.God bless you and your family.
04/19/2013 | 04:19 PM
Wonder why Nadal's so called wounded knee is still taped (lol) what a cheat...
04/19/2013 | 03:22 PM
Wow Rafa had a fight on his hands against Dimitrov, but has just come through.
04/19/2013 | 02:55 PM
Dearest Roger
Please congratulate Stan for me and your loyal fans. Hopefully you will be back in the number 2 spot on Monday. Of course it is the number 1 spot
which we would prefer you to achieve. looking forward to Madrid, it will be good to have you back in our sights. All the best Champ.