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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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07/21/2013 | 01:24 PM
Dear Roger,

You try a new racquet. It's difficult to adjust. But for me, it's the best thing to do trying new things to improve, to change or at least to experiment.

Il vaut mieux suivre le bon chemin en boitant, que le mauvais d'un pas ferme.
St Augustin

Best regards from Montreal!
07/21/2013 | 12:51 PM
My dear Maestro, I think you bring out the best in your opponents. Thank you for giving me so much joy watching tennis for so many years. I wish you the best always. Onward to your next tournament. You are one fine champion. Love you forever.
07/21/2013 | 12:45 PM
I am Federer's beautiful tennis fan forever, no matter if he win or lose, hope he win, but I want to see him playing, he gives vibrations, I've seen more tennis in this tournament than in Wimbledon thanks to Federer...
07/21/2013 | 12:34 PM
Sono molto triste quando perdi, anche perché la gente è cattiva e scrivono cose senza senso sul tuo conto. Sempre tua tifosa. Tu sai certamente qual è la soluzione migliore per te. Orgogliosa di essere tua tifosa ancora di più in questa stagione difficile. Non mollare. Il tennis senza te non esiste. In bocca al lupo per il tuo futuro.
07/21/2013 | 12:06 PM
guys roger must play agressive and more risk,when he move forward, his driveway being hit in the middle and slow,wtf? ROG PLAY AGRESSIVE AND HARD
07/21/2013 | 11:56 AM
I am still hoping that Roger can still turn back the tide of the so wrongly labelled 'modern game' and dominate with his beautiful game until a worthy successor appears. I have just finished writing my book on tennis, which was essentially inspired by Roger and I just hope its publication coincides with Roger's revival and not his retirement.
07/21/2013 | 11:54 AM
Dear Roger, i am a big fan of yours, and really would like to see you in person in a grand slam one day!! Well, if i find the right moment and plan it ahead. That means it will take still years...., so i believe you still have almost 10 years of career to go!!
Honestly, i saw the match, the new racquet isn't helping you to gain more power, instead, it slows you down. Perhaps with Wilson you are adjusting it, definatlely important to find the best racquet in order to play your beautiful game!
07/21/2013 | 11:53 AM
contd. The 'athleticism' and 'physicality' have gone too far and created boring attritional tennis which only occasionally becomes gripping at the very top of the game - e.g. the Novak/Delpo semi final at Wimbledon this year; the final was very flat and dull.
New and more exciting and versatile players are coming along, but don't seem to be able to keep it up consistently - and Delbonis sounds like a new and worse Nadal.
07/21/2013 | 11:53 AM
Its for a new racket,he is ugly,all black...back on red-white
07/21/2013 | 11:49 AM
I haven't posted much here lately - this year - and I realise it's because I'm sad your year hasn't turned out too well so far, Roger.
I'm worried by *DUTCH LADY's posts and hope back injury isn't becoming a chronic problem.
It's not for me to say, but I'm worried about the big racquet too - the big racquets are the problem in today's tennis, not the solution.
It's all very well to say that tennis is so 'physical' these days, but that's the problem too.