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Roger out in Shanghai

10.10.2013 | Tennis, Starseite 3

Roger lost his match against Gaël Monfils 4-6, 7-6(5) and 3-6 in Shanghai today.

 

Roger had a rough start, dropping his first service game which was just enough lead for Monfils to take the opening set. Roger was broken again in the middle of the second set - but this time he broke back powerfully, eventually winning the tie-break. Monfils took the initiative in the decider, breaking to take a 3-1 lead and fianally the match on the first of his three match-points.

Roger's next stop on the Tour will be Basel, his home town. The tournament starts on October 21st.

 
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10/12/2013 | 12:55 PM
edit - Another
10/12/2013 | 12:55 PM
another point might be that Roger adores his children and so if they aren't on the tour that will cause him tremendous emptiness. This surely will happen when they go to school soon.
10/12/2013 | 12:53 PM
HUGHSIE, what a wonderful story. I really enjoyed reading it. I can't say that I was turned on to Roger when he was so young, I didn't actually discover him until he was established on the tour. I must say though that I have been a very dedicated fan since I did find him though. I look forward to years supporting him and I hope your predictions prove to be prophetic.
10/12/2013 | 12:51 PM
Sorry Shatir I don't know. I came into the match as Tsonga was serving to stay in it. In time no doubt, there will be a video on Youtube!
10/12/2013 | 12:49 PM
I agree Shatir and have commented similarly in the past. There is only so much he can give these days, such are his commitments. Not just his family, but his foundation, promotional work, press conferences, etc which means not perhaps as much practice as is necessary to maintain a consistently high level of play.

I do think we should expect little from him and just enjoy seeing him enjoying playing the game!

He could of course surprise us!
10/12/2013 | 12:42 PM
@Fancyfree,

I just missed that point. Couldn't make out what Djokovic was arguing about. What was it??
10/12/2013 | 12:38 PM
I think Roger's problems right now have to do with divided priorities (being a family man and all), and maybe a little lax training etc., and the resultant low confidence.
He's overthinking during his matches, hitting volleys and smashes right to his opponents trying to go behind them - this happened quite a bit with Robredo and Monfils.
10/12/2013 | 12:36 PM
cont
Not to forget the many wonderful RF fans who love him on and off the court as I do.
Thank you for asking me Yukimi.
Oh, in between I managed to pass my exams!! My hospital invited me to stay on and work for them--watched Roger become Wimbledon junior champion
Kind regards
Margaret
10/12/2013 | 12:34 PM
@SDANU,

A larger racket head gives more power, true, and a bigger sweet spot, but Roger is not a baseline rallier. He's a serve and volleyer. This may also have something to do with Sampras being one of Roger's heroes - he played a serve and volley game, played with a 85" racket head, had Paul Annacone as his coach. Some of this may be questionable but he has bigger problems than rackets cuz this alone can't explain the drop in performance from this time last year when he was brilliant.
10/12/2013 | 12:29 PM
In Djokovic's post match interview with Sky, he admitted he was wrong to question the umpire.