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Out against Robredo

03.09.2013 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger lost 6-7(3), 3-6, 4-6 to Tommy Robredo of Spain on Monday night in round four of the US Open.

"I kind of self-destructed, which is very disappointing, especially on a quicker court. Your serve helps you out. You're going to make the difference somewhere. I just couldn't do it. It was a frustrating performance," Roger said. He had enough opportunities to find his way into the match. Roger level to 2-2 after trailing 0-2 in the opening set. And he did so once again as Robredo broke his serve to 4-5, then matching the break and taking the score to 5-5 and finally taking the set into a tie-breaker. But over the two hours and 24 minutes of play, our champ accumulated 43 unforced errors and managed to convert only these 2 of 16 break points. 

Next up for Roger is the Shanghai Rolex Masters in October.

 
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10/06/2013 | 05:12 PM
Good to hear Roger will be in action tomorrow. Wishing him the best in Shanghai. Come on Roger!!! Let's get this trophy!! Oh, for the nole fans on this board congrats on his 4th China Open title but Roger is winning Shanghai. Come on Roger!
10/06/2013 | 04:59 PM
Yes at 10 am UK time with Zheng in the doubles against Anderson and partner!
10/06/2013 | 04:47 PM
I've seen on Shanghai schedule that Monday Federer will play whit Kevin Anderson.
What's mean that?
10/06/2013 | 03:12 PM
Hey SHATIR, sorry, I still disagree with you. Sometimes the player blames an injury.
I see most of them doing it, I hear even Roger did it once.
But... Rafa (and especially his uncle) do it a lot. They give the other praise, but say that they could not play well because of injury.
They all do it, maybe not intentionally or maybe because the press won't let go, but Rafa does it a whole lot.
10/06/2013 | 01:24 PM
@ADI1008,

That's true, Nadal's overall style is defensive against other top players.
Well, that's how Tennis is - it is often an expression of a very personal style and character.
10/06/2013 | 01:15 PM
Shatir,
He tried a different thing, to attack, but he is not an attacker, he is a defender, he tried to stay near to behind line, and that needs skills, needs talent no stamina, he doesn't make many winners on match, his opponent does that, I want to remember what Djokovic said after WTF 2012, he has a plan to defend himself not so close to the line, and that was the key, don't forget that Federer leaded him in both sets. They are good defenders, and that gives them the mental strength.
10/06/2013 | 01:00 PM
@ADI1008,

Well he does play bad a lot of times. Twice this week! Against Fognini, he was making all kinds of unforced errors and missing volleys. Even today, Rafa didn't play anything special against Novak. He was making unforced errors in the longer rallies. Outlasting opponents is a sign of mental strength? Novak and Nadal are two such players.
If Roger goes into a 5th set in a grand slam, I'm not quite sure what will happen (maybe partly because I so badly want him to win)
10/06/2013 | 12:51 PM
Shatir,
Nadal isn't by far the toughest mentally, his style of playing gives this impression, but he isn't so tough as he seems, look the match with Rossol. Is more frustrating for the attacker to lose control mentally than for a defender. He knows that if the match lasts a long period, he has more chances to win it. The victory doesn't depend by him, he doesn't control it like in case of Federer, and this is given by his stamina. I've never seen him tired, I've never seen him playing "bad".
10/06/2013 | 12:50 PM
@KEMNA,

I've been following Tennis closely for the last 10 years or so, although my main focus has been around Roger's career, and I really don't recall any instance where Rafa squarely blames a defeat on being injured.
Plus mind you, sometimes players do lose because of injuries, even our Roger does. I think some bias is involved among Roger fans in making Nadal look worse than he actually is.
10/06/2013 | 12:45 PM
Hey SHATIR, you may be right about Rafa staying that long for number one.
To be honest I don't know that much about those things.

But I do not agree with you on the injury excuse for a defeat...
he does make them....you have to know that...