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Out in Hamburg

20.07.2013 | Tennis, Starseite 3

Roger was defeated by Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis 6-7(7), 6-7(4) in the semifinals in Hamburg today.

"He played well, he was a little more aggressive," Roger said.

Our champ took a 2-1 lead to start with, but was broken right back and had to save two set points to take the set into a tiebreaker. All looked good there as he took a 4-2 lead but did not manage to convert a set point before then dropping the set. Roger had to keep up the fight, defending break points right in his first service game. Eventually taking the set into another tiebreaker, Roger committed a series of errors before Delbonis wrapped up his win.

Next up for Roger is a trip home as he will play the tournament in Gstaad in the Swiss mountains next week.

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07/20/2013 | 11:37 PM
I watched you doing some exercises for your back between change overs, I noticed you didn't sit back on your seat but sat on the edge and stood up before the umpire called time, all familiar behaviour to me and understandable as well. After that or at the same time you started to miss more, couldn't serve as well as needed and you struggled to make your points and win your games. It was pure character that made you make that final break in the 3rd set and serve out the match.
07/20/2013 | 11:36 PM
Lucky you CARMELI ..... !!! lol
07/20/2013 | 11:35 PM
Ok. So Roger loses to this guy. Pls, RF is not done. I believe there's lots of good stuff going on w/our Roger. The new racket. The determination. The EXTRAORDINARY IMPROVED play. Roger perfected needed matches to practice the not-that-big racket & he got that. It would've been icing on the cake to lift the trophy, but overall the run at Hamburg was productive. Fans, many of you wanted Roger to modernize his racket, he did. How mindful is that at this stage of the game? Love you ROGER!!
07/20/2013 | 11:32 PM
By then the weather had changed and the temperature had dropped from about 25 degrees and hot to about 15 degrees, which is chilly and windy. As you said these changed conditions affected the court, which became heavy and slow compared to daytime conditions. I think in the 2nd set you showed signs of back problems, which were to be expected under those circumstances. To me, who is having a bad back, it was clear from your movements that your back bothered your.
07/20/2013 | 11:28 PM
Hard Luck Roger, you still played a great match inspite of the fact that your back was wrapped up. I just now pics of red colored strap on your back ---


Good luck for Gstaad. We all are with you. Allez...
07/20/2013 | 11:27 PM
Hi All! Let me tell you how wonderful it is to be Roger's fan. During the match vs Mayer, I had a RootCanal scheduled at the dentist's. I couldn't move it. I asked my dentist if it'd be okay for me to check Roger's match on my iPad. My dentist said sure, as long as it didn't interfere with his poking my molar. There I am enjoying every point mouth wide open, no kidding, it was the best root canal ever. Just a personal side note of the joys of having peRFection in my life. Next...
07/20/2013 | 11:27 PM
and they all hoped to see you against Tommy in the final. The general feeling was: to watch Roger at least one more time in Hamburg, because we don't know if there will be another chance to watch him play close to home. Like everywhere else they all love you for who you are and what you are and how you play and how you are the finest ambassador for tennis.
So the match against Mayer on Friday was scheduled for around 5:30 PM, but started around 8:30 PM.
07/20/2013 | 11:23 PM
Hello Roger,

It is not my habit to write gloomy posts after you have lost a match, but this time I can't help feeling sad and a little worried for the future. I was really hoping for you to win the title in Hamburg, but Friday's match against Mayer made clear to me that your back is even more vulnerable than I thought or better than I hoped. I was lucky to be able to watch all your matches this week and you seemed allright in the first two. Like everywhere else most people had come to watch yo
07/20/2013 | 11:21 PM
Yes, it just wasn't your day...this isn't a big thing...just rest and move on.

I'm hating all the negative news coming out now...same crap about your decline blah blah blah.

This isn't a biggie...keep smiling oh beautiful one.

07/20/2013 | 11:20 PM
Our boy, all this is a "work in progress". Many beautiful things going on there, but also many errors. Just don't worry. We are all confident on a wonderful end of year. And patient, we know you are. God bless you, Roger!