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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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08/23/2013 | 12:58 PM
Hey fed do not worry about nadal only take it step by step and always remember all the world adore u
08/23/2013 | 12:44 PM
Hey Feds, good luck at the US Open. Same aggression as qtrs in Cincinnati for every match and you should be confident of title number 6. Your tactics were spot on, and this tournament should be on your racquet and your terms. Good luck.
08/23/2013 | 12:22 PM
If Nadal finds his early round matches too difficult, he will tank before QF and play the 'injury card' at the post match interview. He has to play the injury card sometime in the season because suspicions will just get worse from the tennis world. Expect to see tape on the knees in the early rounds, the preamble to the 'injury' excuse when he is beaten or when he tanks.
08/23/2013 | 11:58 AM
Do not let your ranking bother you Roger, everyone is entitled to slip when injured and your back has been causing you discomfort and pain for a lot longer than what you have admitted to, I am sure! In this rankings mean nothing. You are still RF with his amazing and sublime abilities and fit and well you can take on all of the competition and win. Focus on one match at a time, give what you need in effort to each match and you will do it. Good health, fitness and luck Roger. Allezzzzz!
08/23/2013 | 11:19 AM
KEMNA i agree with you about Jerzy.I believe he is going to be a great player in the future and he already is a very good one.He definitely can win Ferrer who isn't in very good condition at this moment.
08/23/2013 | 11:17 AM
NINJAFED,don't be so sure.Dimitrov is a good player and djokovic is in a bad place right now.I think that last Wimbledon should have taught us sth.That's why i don't understand all the fuss about nadal playing against Roger.Nadal has proved that in GS he can easily lose in the first or second round.As i have my doubts about the way he stays that strong and how long that can last.
08/23/2013 | 09:14 AM
kemna dimitrov will be out in 3rd rd to djokovic
08/23/2013 | 09:04 AM
Kemna - Ferrer's draw is difficult because his opponents have more fire power than him, but that's always been a limitation of his game, what gets him through these matches is his ability to fight and be stubborn. All I hope for is that Federer wins his matches in straights and that Nadal plays long matches like 4 or 5 setters, that way the physical element of their battle, should they meet, be somewhat in Roger's favour.
08/23/2013 | 08:56 AM
And guys... is it me, or has Ferrer the toughest draw of them all???
And to be honest, I think in the SF it will not be Ferrer, but Jerzy.

Does anyone know about Dimitrov's draw???
08/23/2013 | 08:54 AM
Hey guys, PLEASE let us not talk about easy draws or easy opponents or that Roger will make it atleast this or that far......

Did Rafa's fans worry a minute about Darcis when the draw of Wimby came out?
Did we, Roger fans, for a minute worry about Stakhovsky, did we even know who he was? Were we not already discussing Wimby's QF Roger vs Rafa???

This looks like an easy draw, but it is not. For no one.

So PLEASE, let us take it one match at the time, one point at the time.....
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