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Roger defeated by Rafa

17.08.2013 | Tennis, Starseite 2

Roger showed a strong match against Rafael Nadal in Cincinnati, but eventually had to admit a close 7-5, 4-6, 3-6 defeat.

"I'm happy with my progress along the way," Roger said. "Could have won tonight; should have won tonight. Who knows? But at the end, I think Rafa's confidence and the way he's playing at the moment got him through."

Our champ was in good shape, he varied his serve excellently and moved very well. After winning the first set, at 4-4 in the second, he was just 6 points away from winning the match. He made the 27-year-old Spaniard work for it from beginning to end, when he saved four match points before falling.

As defending champion Roger will drop over 800 points - making him fall back to number 7 behind Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro in the rankings.

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08/22/2013 | 01:00 PM
Can't wait for the draw... 4 hours left!
08/22/2013 | 12:43 PM
Firstly-you certainly come inside first three top comment givers here.
you are very familiar fan here. I always read all of your comments. It's really astonishing to hear 'Hindi from u. Are not u French? How have u learnt?
Second- I'm from region of India where Leander Paes belongs to. We speak another language-'Bengali'. So do the people of Bangladesh. And "khub valo bolecho vai...." this means 'Very well said my brother'
08/22/2013 | 12:37 PM
RAMCHARAN,although mcenroe was a very good player,i have watched most of his games,i was a student back then,that doesn't mean that he always knows what he is talking about.I don't know how old you are,but,as i was already born back then,i have to tell you that he was a very questionable character.I know people mature,but they don't change,so i don't trully know what his intentions are,behind his opinions.
08/22/2013 | 11:46 AM
Roger, this year US Open men single final will play on Monday, while semi final play on Sat, QF play on Thursday, means there is a day rest between semi final & final which is different from all previous years where semi final play on sat, & final play on sun.. Hope this will be an advantage to you..
08/22/2013 | 11:21 AM
Hey guys, if the draw comes out, will you let us know??

And I still think he will play Michelle Obama or maybe one of her daughters...
08/22/2013 | 11:16 AM
AUS. OPEN 2013 winner is Novak Djokovıc. FR OPEN 2013 winner is Rafa Nadal. WIMB.2013 winner is Andy Murray. US OPEN 2013 winner ???. I think that the last Grand Slam of this season will be your's. I am waiting for the answer.
08/22/2013 | 10:05 AM
what if the mystery opponent is dimitrov
08/22/2013 | 09:23 AM
The best to you Maestro.
08/22/2013 | 09:21 AM
Darling Roger,
All the very best for the U S Open hope you win it and love to Mirka yourself and the twins Charlene and Mylar love from Pam in wonderful Australia.
08/22/2013 | 08:58 AM
Hi All! I just saw the MoetChandon celebration and there's a video of Roger playing Roger!!!! Maybe that's it...I'll check again in case someone knows anything different...