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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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08/21/2013 | 04:39 PM
I notice ATP is promoting Nadal big time this year right after his return.. (just like in 2010).. No matter how hard they push, none can match the grace and charisma of the mighty Roger. Its clearly evident from the response he gets anywhere in the world...
08/21/2013 | 04:30 PM
Thank you for your link. I give my vote to Roger. King of hard court.
08/21/2013 | 02:38 PM
Iloveroger92 - Rafa can be in the crowd coaching uncle Toni with hand gestures and head nodding while Novak can be in the support box making noise when Roger is on that side on the court. What I think would be a great idea to acknowledge current and former ATP No. 1s is to have an exhibition match played with wooden racquets, have Nadal and Djokovic verse Federer and Borg.
08/21/2013 | 02:24 PM

"khub valo bolecho vai...."

Iska kya matlab hain??? Hum bhi yaanna chate hain !!!
Humme bhi thora thora Hindi aathi hain.
08/21/2013 | 02:12 PM
@IMRANSQC khub valo bolecho vai....
08/21/2013 | 12:14 PM
Roger and Borg against Lendl and Djokovic, would be Fedgendary!!!!

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08/21/2013 | 11:42 AM

Roger against Uncle Tony and Srdjan would be so funny. I think Roger will defeat them both big time :-)
08/21/2013 | 10:33 AM
Federer is still the King of Hardcourts. If you agree with me, please vote for him on my blog: http://chaosequalscosmos.wordpress.com/
08/21/2013 | 10:07 AM
Could it be Ivan Lendl Roger? I think he is probably the one who has had most weeks at no.1, who I do not think you have played before. Either way, enjoy your match Roger, look after yourself and very good luck!
Love the idea of Uncle Toni and Srdjan!
08/21/2013 | 09:10 AM
Could it be Johnny Mac you are playing against? But someone mentioned Andy Roddick, that could be it too. Most likely an American. Could it be a lady like Martina N. I am so curious. Best of luck maestro, love you so much.