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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 | 11:40 AM
The Journalists are more interested in retiring him off that is why. Racquet testing is for someone who plans for a future in tennis! Journalists are the same world over, all they want to say is Roger, you are old and past it, no one wants to watch you anymore, they want you to retire! I actually saw that written in A UK paper while I was at Gstaad before he lost. I found the tone of the article offensive as a fan and on Rogers behalf. Us fans want him to play for as long as he can!
10/12/2013 | 11:39 AM
I am an ex south Australia brought up on a sheep property way north east [SA]no tennis or tennis courts--cricket which was the only sport that we could listen to on the radio-hence my love of cricket.
High school in Adelaide at the age of 11 learnt how to play tennis--loved it on the 1st day,my love for it has endured!!
In the 90's whilst doing post graduate nursing in London, one of my colleagues knew Lleyton Hewitt & his coach Darren Cahill.She wanted to watch LH play in Switzerland.
10/12/2013 | 11:36 AM
"How come NOT even a single journalist asked Roger about the status and progress in racquet testing ??"

Good point and on Roger's askroger on Twitter the other day, did anyone ask the same question?
10/12/2013 | 11:32 AM
Hiya. Just to say that the top news on the BBC is about a cyclone hitting India. I hope everyone is okay. X
10/12/2013 | 11:28 AM
***1Fed1 10/12/2013
Yes agree with you that ,IMO Roger will be back providing as you say his pesky back behaves. I have no idea but would not be surprised if he is being extra cautious with it at the moment--very wise man if he is doing so.
A loose canon good description for Monfils--I am sure that players would look for his name when the draw comes out--I like watching him as he can be very exciting!

***Yukimi 10/12 2013***
Thank you for your compliments much appreciated
10/12/2013 | 11:26 AM
If Roger continues with his smaller racquet, qualifying for London and playing poor there will be bad for his confidence. But if he does NOT qualify that will be worse.

If he plays with a larger racquet, qualify or no-qualify, it does NOT matter because all the matches can be considered practice matches to get used to the newer racquet.

However, i strongly think and feel that if he plays with a larger racquet, good results will come sooner than later..
10/12/2013 | 11:19 AM
I agree any new racquet he uses and he probably needs to change, should be identical to what he has, but bigger. He then needs to practise with it over the winter break very intensely. As for the race to London, I am debating what is worse for Rogers confidence, if he does not qualify or qualify, but give a poor showing! I have a feeling that in with the other top 8, the occasion and playing the other top players may actually draw his game out of him and he may rediscover himself again!
10/12/2013 | 10:58 AM
All i am trying to say is
Just make a bigger version of Roger's current racquet. That's all.

The LARGER HEAD is the ONLY thing needed to
1) give more power. (so he does NOT have to swing too fast)
2) more spin. (so he does NOT have to swing too fast)
3) larger sweet spot. So its more forgiving on off center hits. Even if he does NOT hit the ball in the center of the racquet , he might still be able to guide it to sail over the net and land within the lines.
10/12/2013 | 10:51 AM
and yes Roger's spin is second only to Rafa.

Using a larger HEAD will improve that aspect as well.

Lets say the larger head is strung with same tension and string pattern as the smaller one, then the amount of time the ball stays in contact with the strings increases fractionally thereby giving that extra amount of spin.

So Roger might well be able to equal Nadal in the number of revolutions of the ball per minute IF HE USES A LARGER RACQUET HEAD.
10/12/2013 | 10:47 AM
Agree with you *Hughsie*: Monfils is like a loose cannon - so many injuries therefore always fighting his way back up rankings and I would say no players likes the thought of facing him in 2/3/4 round. He nearly took out Djokovic yesterday; could have if he was fitter. I think with more match practice (and so long as pesky back stays good) our Fed will be back. Good luck in Basel champ, xxxxxxxxxx