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Roger loses Rome final

19.05.2013 | Tennis, Starseite 2

Roger lost the final in Rome against Rafael Nadal 1-6, 3-6 in only 68 minutes and therefore our champ is still not able to add the Rome title to his long list of trophies. 

The stats of the game tell two different stories – yes they tell you that Rafa Nadal won 6-1, 6-3 but they also say that Roger had 32 unforced errors to Rafa’s 8 during a match that lasted 1 hour 8 minutes. Another telling stat was that our Roger only won 55% of his first serves – down from 73% in his match against Simone. There was a glimmer of hope in the second set when Roger won 2 games in row to go from 1-5 to 3-5 with some brilliant shot making. Unfortunately in the last game our champ had two unforced errors and at 0-40 Nadal sent down a good serve to clinch the Championship. As ever Roger was gracious at the end complementing Rafa on the way he played. 

Next up are the French Open, starting next Sunday.

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05/20/2013 | 10:40 PM
Roger!!! Attack nadal's backhand first and excute it, if he returns with his amazing defense skill, then execute it again by sending it to open side making him run or attack the same side to finish! Watch Djokovic Vs Nadal match a lot until french open. You will notice Djokovic always attack nadal's forehand and backhand and got a short balls to execute. Absorb Nadal and Djokovic's style combining with your style..You gotta make nadal off balance first and execute it right and left.
05/20/2013 | 10:33 PM
Hi! it was a great tournament performance, Roger. I think that if you could have little bit luck it could turn to your favor but sometime good times let you wait. I think you can amaze with your backhand such a excellent performance that you never believe it can be possible. Just make it happen, hit it high as you can and hit it hard like you do it with your forehand. Great work Champ, let the game led your way! And most of all love your Mirka!
05/20/2013 | 10:27 PM
Hi Roger well done in reaching the final in Rome. Major step forward from Madrid. Night time scheduling and lack of match practice didn't help on Sunday. So on to a good fortnight and a good draw in Paris. I love your style of tennis and very much look forward to you having a good run at Roland garos
05/20/2013 | 09:49 PM
You can be pals without going to dinner but I daresay they have had a coffee together!
05/20/2013 | 09:48 PM
My "grow up " remark was to all those who go into a sulk when things don't go the way they want!
05/20/2013 | 09:43 PM
OMG!, Dear Rog, You played very well all week, I thought Nadal could have some fighting, I'm not happy :(
05/20/2013 | 09:40 PM
@ Fancyfree,

Roger did say that he doesn't go to dinner with Nadal but please don't insult me by saying grow up.

Yes I know that but that was agreement between them but they aren't close friends etc.
05/20/2013 | 09:38 PM
MISSFED I see many of you might be upset but at the end of the day I suspect the Webmaster consulted Roger beforehand.

Christmas, 2012, Rafa played one another in a series of matches for Roger's Foundation. Roger went to Madrid and Rafa to Basel. I think Roger picked Rafa up at the airport. It then is highly likely they ate or had a coffee together afterwards.

Grow up.
05/20/2013 | 09:32 PM
I am over the loss. We need to send positive energy to Roger but Roger need to help himself. His confidence is low at the moment. We need to give Roger the boost but I know some of you are so upset with Roger performance. I think Roger was having back problems. I know Roger won't admit but I think he need to see someone to get rid of that fear playing against top guys. I think Roger some years left in him but which tournament Roger is going to give his energy to win.
05/20/2013 | 09:29 PM
@ Fancyfree,

Roger and Nadal are not pals. They don't go to dinner together etc. They just respect each other but I still don't think Nadal picture with Roger on his website should be shown as there are fans here find it upsetting with Nadal holding that trophy.

I wish the team here remove that picture.