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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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04/18/2013 | 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.
Te queremos
04/18/2013 | 09:45 PM
Yes!!!! You are back to no 2 CHAMP:) Love you loads and always. In Sha Allah you will be no 1. I love you so much and missing you and your game badly, desperately waiting for YOU! Allah bless you always and thanks to Stan;P
04/18/2013 | 09:25 PM
OMG!!!!! Just seen!!

Roger back to number 2!!!!! Yessssssss!!!

Thank you Stan, you are the man!

Well I guess. Murray can say he borrowed the number 2 from Roger for a couple of weeks !!!!
Roll on. Madrid. C' mon. Roger Let's go !!!!
04/18/2013 | 06:08 PM
What a win for Stan! I am sorry happy for him. He thrashed him! I would have been pleased and happy for Stan at the best of times, but this has made No. 2 again. What a good friend Stan is to Roger! I wish I could have seen that!
04/18/2013 | 05:53 PM
So happy that Stan beat Murray!!
04/18/2013 | 03:48 PM
Tall order. Monaco has never beaten Djokovic. Having said that Monaco has just broken serve again and about to serve for the set.
04/18/2013 | 03:34 PM
Hope Monaco can do the same trick and beat the Joker.
04/18/2013 | 03:28 PM
Congrat..to Stan. Good luck for next match.
The other q, quite insteresting! Dimitrov VS Nadal.
04/18/2013 | 03:09 PM
murray- ha ha haaa. WELL done STAN!!!!!!!

The sky sports studio is as quiet as a cemetery! murray- Bla bla bla aaaa
04/18/2013 | 02:57 PM
Very happy to hear that as Wawrinka has defeated Murray in R3 of #MonteCarlo, our champ will be back to #2 for at least 1 week-


Allez. See you soon :).