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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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07/02/2013 | 12:52 AM
Roger, I hope to see you win your 18th title, but if not, THANK YOU for giving the world some of the best moments in tennis. You have inspired many to watch your beautiful game and when you decide to retire your racket, tennis will not be the same .
07/01/2013 | 10:10 PM
Hass lost in the third set in a tie break.
07/01/2013 | 09:54 PM
Djoko, Murray, DelPo yet to drop sets. Looking really solid out there... They may dominate the next couple of years. Tomic put up a tough fight against Berdych... So far Tomic and Janowicz are the only players among the younger lot (23 and below) to reach a GS QF.
07/01/2013 | 09:50 PM
2008 for you was extremely forgettable on the first half, your only amount of happiness came from the doubles title at the olympics. But then the summer season came and you won US Open, your are older but also wiser, you will make the necessary adjustments and study your rivals more thoroughly and come up on top. You have a whole world cheering you and supporting you, beleive in your self, show your passion for tennis and you will get back stronger and more succesfull.
07/01/2013 | 09:47 PM
Dear Roger: I knew from Rotterdam that this would be a transition year, much like 2008 and 2011, you chose to bring your timeless tennis to suoth america and that cut out part of your conditioning which is always grueling in Dubai. Now you have time to condition properly and work extremely hard to gain the terrain back, the previous breaks you did not have the chance to train extra hard since your back held you. Now it is the moment, please train haqrder, against hard hitters and win Washington.
07/01/2013 | 09:30 PM
Hass is fighting! Come on Tommy!
07/01/2013 | 09:11 PM
The second link in my post below is broken. Here it is again...

You're welcome MONAS. I agree with your hope for Roger to take effective steps to improve his game and come back stronger. The data I've provided on the results of Federer, Sampras and Agassi after age 29 clearly indicates that Roger/Annacone really haven't done as good a job as they tells us he has. Those fans who are not blind idol worshipers know that he hasn't done everything possible to win more.
07/01/2013 | 09:05 PM
Federer's presidency of ATP Player Council probably cost him 2 to 3 majors since 2008. In big events, Roger spends hours doing Player Council business -- while other players focus on winning matches. “We were stuck in that room until probably about 9:45 last Friday night,” said ATP board member Justin Gimelstob, pointing to a meeting at Wimbledon. Gimelstob said, “yes, if I were purely coaching him, I probably would (suggest he cut back).” '
07/01/2013 | 08:49 PM
SHEAR: Agassi said he used drugs in 1997 -- that's when his ranking plummeted. He did not say he was using it after his 29th birthday in April 1999. After his 29th birthday, Agassi achieved his greatest success. In any case, crystal meth would not improve his performance on the tennis court.
07/01/2013 | 08:34 PM
TONYN.... Agassi was doping. he admitted himself in his own bioghaphy book.