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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 | 07:06 PM
Roger you had a great week in rome and so sorry about the final. Rafa seems to be right on every shot. Hope you do well at Roland Garros and I wish you the best of luck plus hope your skills are on target. You have everything there is in your arsenal to beat anyone just those unforced errors gave you some problem this time but all will be better next meeting with Rafa.
05/20/2013 | 06:59 PM
So sad for your loss here in Rome... Hope you'll play better in Paris next week! :D
My biggest dream is you winning Rome title before your (in a VERY distant future) retirement!
See you next year here in Rome!!! :D
Good luck for Roland Garros!

Camilla
05/20/2013 | 06:54 PM
Don't you have better things to do than writing a comment like that, SAVORITWHILEITSLASTS? It forgot, big deal!
05/20/2013 | 06:52 PM
THOUGHTFUL

why are you saying "Rafa was at the top of his game"?. Isn't it clear to you by now after all those meetings on clay that if both Rafa and Roger are at the top of their games, Rafa beats him, every single time!
05/20/2013 | 06:51 PM
I think another factor with the final was that Rafa had excellent clay court wins, over the last few months and knew that you had taken 7 weeks off the tour so he was probably out to attack you from the onset! In certain recent matches you have attacked him early on and it certainly worked at the 02 event and also a French Open. He is always hard to beat on clay but am sure you can close the gap and there is the grass courts to come which are in your favour.

All the best
Mike
05/20/2013 | 06:49 PM
LEYFELDT.ANOUK

Why are you saying "Don't even pay attention to those negative comments."

Does Roger even read our comments? stop living in Neverland.
05/20/2013 | 06:46 PM
Dear Roger,

Don't even pay attention to those negative comments. Okay, so you have lost the final in Rome. So what, it's not the end of the world. You're still the best player to me and to lots of other fans. You need to focus on the French Open now. Go for it!
05/20/2013 | 06:41 PM
Hi Roger so sorry you didnt do so well in the final but Rafa was at the top of his game after all his clay court prep and was unbeatable on the day! However you played great tennis to reach the final and as you said to the press, Rafa is faster and better than most others! Maybe if you can serve better and volley better it will all help against him even though its difficult. He needs to be put under pressure more. Am sure you can do it like Johhny Wilkinson does with a larger ball!

Mike
05/20/2013 | 06:30 PM
I hope that you are not losing the passion for tennis, because honestly yesterday is not saw him desire to play to Nadal.

Good luck in the FO, but if you play as yesterday will be very complicated.
05/20/2013 | 06:09 PM
Sorry you lost, you started very well in this tournament but in the end failure of your first serve and too many unforced errors cost you the championship
What is the cause of this? lack of confidence or is it psychological?
There is a need to sort out this before the French open