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Out in Wimbledon

26.06.2013 | Tennis, Starseite 3

Roger suffered his earliest defeat at Wimbledon since losing in the first round in 2002 today. He lost his second-round match against Sergej Stakhovsky 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 5-7, 6-7(5).

 

"It's normal that after all of a sudden losing early, having being in Grand Slam quarter-finals 36 times, people feel it's different. But I still have plans to play for many more years to come," Roger said.

 

Roger started well and secured the first set in the tie-break. But Stakhovsky went on to take the second set tie-break to level. Not being able to score a break himself, our champ was broken in set three - enough for his opponent to finally take a lead in sets. Roger fell back another break in the fourth set, but this time he managed to level at 3-3. Unfortunately he did not make the points in the final tie-break, falling back 2-5 and eventually admitting defeat after just three hours of play.

It was Roger's first defeat by a player ranked outside the top 100 since losing to Richard Gasquet (ranked at 101) in Monte Carlo in 2005. He will now fall back to at least number 5 in the world rankings.

 

 
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07/01/2013 | 01:27 PM
Wimbledon tickets are oversubscribed so I doubt attendance will have dropped. Remember Djokovic and Murray are still there too and the British public on the whole can't get enough of their "hero" (Murray).
07/01/2013 | 01:16 PM
Wimbledon without Roger is like sex without orgasms, there's just no excitement ;)
07/01/2013 | 01:14 PM
Am thinking that Wimbledon organisers would be worried as they increased the total prize money by 40% from last year but Nadal and Federer lost early and attendance and tv veiwing must have dropped as these two players have the biggest fan base.
07/01/2013 | 12:56 PM
Just turned Wimbledon on the BBC and it's been dubbed Magical Monday! It could be worse I suppose and dubbed Murray Monday! All the top players in action save our lovely man, and it all feels very surreal with his absence.
07/01/2013 | 09:54 AM
Hey Roger,
You had a very bad start for Wimbledon.But forget about it.Because two months after the U.S. open.You can be the champion of U.S. Open.You did that 4 times and you're the champion.Good bye :) :) :) (I love you)
07/01/2013 | 09:36 AM
Dearest Rog, it's not Wimbledon without you: for me, it's lost its soul. I'm trying to enjoy a few of the matches, but my heart's not in it.

I hope you're having a wonderful break with your beautiful family and will come back strong during the hard court season. Much of the media are writing you off as usual, but I know you will be working hard for your return to show 'em who's the Master. Thanks Tonyn for Paganini interviews: very enlightening.
07/01/2013 | 09:26 AM
Today is a very important day for me because İpek Soylu (TUR) vs Lizette Cabrera (AUS) match on Court 9. Good luck for the first -round match. She is my inspiration.
07/01/2013 | 09:02 AM
Its just unreal that Roger is no more in Wimbledon, his favourite tournment. Just can't get use to it. And an of the year tournment, lets all hope things will turn around, please.....
07/01/2013 | 08:21 AM
Fed chances for Year End tournament is very slim now. If that happens then Fed will re-think on his decision to continue playing or not. I think that will be big set back if he doesn't qualify for London
07/01/2013 | 07:30 AM
ALI_1 (6/30 - 12:23 & 12:24 pm)
And your point is what? Who cares about those numbers, important?