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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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06/29/2013 | 02:59 AM
Annacone has a reputation for helping Sampras in his late years. But that doesn't mean he can do the same for Roger. Sampras had the biggest serve in tennis. Right there is a lot of instant cheap points. Roger's serve is not like that. Today's game, with unfortunately slow (Raf/Djoke -friendly) surfaces, is different. Also, Sampras was one of the bigger, stronger guys. Roger is smaller. So again, different.

The main problem is physics. How does older, smaller, now less mobile overcome power?
06/29/2013 | 02:55 AM
Maybe Roger needs to learn how to win ugly rather than lose elegantly.....
06/29/2013 | 02:52 AM
Roger needs to admit that he is even older in tennis years than chronological years, and that time and age simply take a toll, in subtle and intangible ways. The only way to compensate for that, if he wants to win another major, is to commit to change and make a huge training push with new tactics and new equipment. What he should always do, and I don't think he does, is study his competition more carefully, not just wing it on the court. He has to train to compete against bigger, stronger guys.
06/29/2013 | 02:50 AM
With coaches, it isn't about the name and how big it is. It is about what the person inspires in their charge. I think Jim Courier has that. Look at what he did for Isner to beat Roger at the Davis Cup. More often than not, it is the guys who were not world beaters who make the better coaches. Look at Brad Gilbert and what he did for Andre Agassi.
06/29/2013 | 02:46 AM
If Roger wants to win another major, every aspect needs to be reviewed and changed. Starting with the racquet and stringing. He likes things a certain way, but his opponents have a technical advantage. He needs to stop being stubborn and even the playing field. His fitness and strength need work. He's losing consistently to big guys who hit harder. I agree with those who wonder about Annacone. There has been enough losing now. What if anything has been done?
06/29/2013 | 02:36 AM

Whom to chase? May be Martina/Chris Evert (18 GS), if not Stefi Graf (22 GS). Just kidding! Who knows. Or the most weeks at No 1 overall (is it Navratilova 325 or something), most ATP titles... He may have such goals for next few years, but doesn't have to rush like last year. Just hang in there at the top with the competition. When he gets a chance, grab it. Again he doesn't have to do it, but 'nice to have' ones... If he's serious about those, then he'll work hard again....
06/29/2013 | 02:28 AM
Realmente es doloroso y muy triste verte salir de wimbledon tan temprano, llorè y llorè, queria seguir disfrutando de tu tennis, de tus jugadas y de tus genialidades... Quiero verte ganarrrrr Roger.... animo, arriba con ese entrenamiento, vas a tener mucho tiempo para armarte nuevamente... QUIERO VER A MI MAESTRO, A SU MAJESTAD, AL REY DEL TENNIS Y AL MEJOR DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS.... GANANDO Y VOLVIENDO NUEVAMENTE A SER NUMERO UNOOOOO... POR QUE ESE ES TU SITIO, NO NINGUN OTRO.... BESOSSSS...
06/29/2013 | 02:12 AM
federrer need Stephen edburg , he is the one who knows the game , the player and how to raise game when needed , annacone has to go or we will give same exuce for usopen loos in early round , life is bitter but u have find an option
06/29/2013 | 02:04 AM
what coach roger does or doesn't have is irrelevant. a coach cannot give him hunger. motivation has to be within him. last yr he had motivation or hunger to achieve set goals. to get back to #1, done. pass pete for wks at #1, done. win record tying 7th SW19, done. win olympic gold, got silver. last yr he played a lot and worked like a dog to achieve goals he set. at his age was phenomenal. what now? #1, more GS? why? hunger is a factor. i think he can't make himself hungry. noone to chase.
06/29/2013 | 01:06 AM
this year teenager tommy haas is gonna claim the title!