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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 | 01:02 PM
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I am fine. I just watched the expressions on the face of your team in that 4th game of the 2nd set and I am just guessing here, but I think most of them (except Mirka) hadn't seen this before. That 2nd part of the 2nd set showed me hope and promise again and made me realise once more, how true your words after the match were: Nadal in top form and you not just yet. And against Nadal in top form you need to be in top form as well. We have seen you doing the reverse at the WTF in 2011
05/20/2013 | 12:56 PM
A tough loss yesterday, Roger. Congratulations on getting to the final. Hope you are really feeling fit and well. Onward and upward - good luck for the French Open. xx
05/20/2013 | 12:56 PM
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What happened to you yesterday happens to a lot players who play Nadal on clay. I believe I watched the same in the Roland Garros final of 2008, where I thought: why continue? Let's go to the trohy ceremony right away.
Roger, I would be the last one to judge you. I just feel sad for you that you had to go through this match in front of all those fans, where you probably would have wanted to run away. But as long as you know what what was going on and what you have to do,..
05/20/2013 | 12:50 PM
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As a fan and spectator I went through emotions as if it was me standing in front of Nadal on that court in that situation. Those emotions went from absolute dispair, no longer believing that you could ever again beat Nadal on clay, to: just get it over with and move on to the practice courts, a good talk with the team, a good draw for the first rounds in Paris and then we will see how things develop.
05/20/2013 | 12:45 PM
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In the second set you looked to have found your fighting spirit again, but the form wasn't there (yet). I was glad to see that there were signs that you actually still have the game to beat Nadal on clay, but that it probably was the difference in numbers of hours of matchpractice on clay this year, compared to Nadal that is, that made the difference. I wonder what would have happened if this would have been a best of 5 instead of a best of 3 match.....
05/20/2013 | 12:41 PM
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I don't envy you for having to stay there on court in front of all those fans who wanted you to beat Nadal, because they love you and your game more than Nadals. In fact I think a lot of the fans totally agree with Peter Bodo on Tennis.com and what he said in his column 'Rafatigue'. If in fact it would be true that you lost believe because you lacked the right form and Nadal was in top form, I wouldn't hold it against you.
05/20/2013 | 12:37 PM
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Against a Nadal in topform on clay you need to be able to bring your absolute A-game AND a little extra to beat him. I wouldn't blame you if deep down you started to think: Why should I continue trying, when I KNOW it is not going to happen today? The fact that you did is because you have that obligation to the fans to give them a match for their money. But even the fans can see that it is not your day and to be honest, I wouldn't have blamed you if you would have stopped.
05/20/2013 | 12:32 PM
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And when your weapons (serve and forehand) are not in perfect order, you don't stand a chance against a Nadal in top form on clay (who has played a lot more matches on clay than you this year). I don't blame you for losing believe a little after that. At least, to me it seemed that like the rest of the world, you saw the inevitable coming. And allthough even you know that there is allways a chance, there also is that inner voice that tells you that that chance is close to zero.
05/20/2013 | 12:27 PM
Those who ply tennis themselves know that those days happen, the only thing is, we don't expect them to happen to someone like you. But then we have to be reasonable and be aware of the fact that you are only human after all. That first game looked very promising, the second was OK. I watched the face of Boris Becker, who - I am sure - wanted YOU to win. Then you started to miss forehands and the break was a fact. Then Nadal was getting realy warmed up.
05/20/2013 | 12:13 PM
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I think we all should pay attention to what you said there. You spoke about not having played as many tournaments as probably necessary, having had to play so many night matches (one of them even ending in the early hours of Saturday morning, due to bad scheduling). And what you didn't say is the fact that there IS a difference between the age of 26 and 31. Of course I was sad seeing you like this, NOT performing at all, but I would never judge you for that.