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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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04/19/2013 | 02:31 PM
Hey Roger, just now pics & video from your practice in Felsberg --


Can't wait to see you back at Madrid. Allez.
04/19/2013 | 01:17 PM
Stan, unfortunately has just lost to Tsonga ......
04/19/2013 | 10:46 AM
Firstly, congratulations Stan! :) Roger, I miss you a lot! :((( Looking forward to hearing from you! :) Hope you're having a great time with your lovely family. Cannot wait to watch you again. We're waiting for you! Enjoy your holiday, have fun and come back with a big smile on your face! :) Love you always!
04/19/2013 | 08:29 AM
Roger is no 2 again, super. I wish you the best for Madrid open in 5th of May.
04/19/2013 | 07:56 AM
Way to go Stan !!! Congrats Stan the Man.
04/19/2013 | 07:55 AM

With Roger's luck.... no matter what ranking he or Rafa has, ROGER WILL BE IN RAFA'S DRAW !!!! One way or the other. Maybe Roger will even have Novak in his draw !!! You know how draws work out for Roger, always negative.

04/19/2013 | 02:38 AM
Dear Roger

You've been "Out against Nadal" for over a month now!! Can we please update this page already??
Thank you

04/19/2013 | 12:20 AM
I'm glad you're back to #2 too!
You have such an excellent record on clay courts, and I hope you don't get drawn against Nadal at the French!
Last time you met him in the finals (year you had such a fantastic match against Djokovic in the semis), you played such amazing tennis; so close to winning that one! Love to see you do it again (especially against Rafa of course). There was some kind of fireworks interruption that disrupted your momentum; if you'd just won that 1st set!!!
04/18/2013 | 10:23 PM
At this moment we can say


Thanks Stan, Congratulations Stan, incredibly well done Stan...
04/18/2013 | 09:50 PM
Hola Roger!!!!
Como siempre he dicho el tenis no es lo mismo sin tí..... pero que felicidad ver ganar a Stan (felicidades para él) y que eso permita que vuelvas al No. 2....... aunque para mi y los millones de fans que te queremos en todo el mundo ERES Y SERAS SIEMPRE EL No. 1......... se me hará eterno que llegue Mayo.
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