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Roger defeated by Nadal

10.11.2013 | Tennis, Starseite 2

Roger's quest for the title at the 2013 ATP World Tour Finals was stopped with a 5-7, 3-6 defeat by Rafael Nadal in the semis today.

The start of the match was very tight and chances looked good for Roger as he had break points on three occasions but unfortunately never managed to go all the way. It was Nadal who then did manage to break Roger's serve to take a 5-4 lead. But as Nadal was serving for the set, Roger battled back and scored a break himself - only for the Spaniard to do so as well on Roger's serve and then serve for the set successfully. In the second set, Roger was broken to fall behind 2-3 and committing too many errors - 32 in total - he was unable to fight back.

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11/14/2013 | 07:03 AM

"I almost felt that with a bigger racket I was losing control. The times have changed, though. Maybe you don't have to give up control now."

You say that my racquet arguments are backed by amateurs ??

You are probably right because PISTOL PETE, MATS WILANDER, IVAN LENDL, ROMAN PROKES are all amateurs as per your book
11/14/2013 | 06:57 AM

"It's about that time in his career when you start tinkering. I love it."

ROMAN PROKES -- expert racquet technician
"If he can make this change, he is increasing his chances of winning another Grand Slam EXPONENTIALLY. Change is not easy for anybody in life, Sometimes you have to take a couple of steps back in order to take a couple of steps forward. Federer's racket is not forgiving, You have to hit the ball absolutely perfect in the sweet spot all the time."
11/14/2013 | 06:53 AM
11/14/2013 | 06:52 AM

“I think a bigger racquet can help in certain areas, maybe on the high backhand. That’s the shot I feel like it’s helped me (Sampras is NOW playing with a larger head size). Maybe a little bit more pop on the serve. But it’s more racquet, it’s more power. I think it’s worth trying. I just hope Roger just, if he sticks with this racquet, can win some tough matches. Once he does that, he will be fine."
11/14/2013 | 06:38 AM
Roger is undone by his UEs. YES.
Who's asking him to stand up close to the baseline and half volley?
At this age, Roger knows he HAS NO chance of grinding out winners from behind baseline in long rallies against Nole, Rafa at any tournament henceforth.
Times have changed.
Courts are slowed down to prolong tennis matches for more entertainment and money.
Opponents are fitter, faster, stronger. adapting to slow courts.
Roger and his racquet are NOT evolving to adapt to this era.
11/13/2013 | 11:31 PM
No worries Roger, you gave everything of yourself you could in 2013 and we all love your for it!! The matches in London were incredible, and I can't wait to see you again in 2014. BUT, till then I hope you can relax and enjoy the holidays and just plain time off with your family and close friends. Always the best!
11/13/2013 | 09:24 PM
Read an actual expert review by professional racket reviewers on the pro staff 90.
It's THE type of racket for someone with Roger's style. While Roger may want to experiment with other rackets, it is a crazy exaggeration to call it "debilitating" when it is obviously the most comfortable one for Roger.

11/13/2013 | 09:21 PM

Your racket arguments are only backed by other amateurs or non players who don't understand the sport at a high level.

That article is not by Jonathan but by Sid (not that Jonathan is more than a Tennis fan and enthusiast) - who claims to have started playing tennis being inspired by Roger. How can a noob comment on finely tuned technicalities of Roger's game? Roger can play with head heavy 100 sq in rackets no more than Nadal or Djokovic can play with Roger's pro staff.
11/13/2013 | 09:15 PM
"on the other surfaces, if I am playing well, it’s more on my racquet than on anybody else’s racquet"

That's a perfectly normal statement by Roger.
Almost every match, Roger is ahead on winners but is undone by his own unforced errors. Some of these errors are avoidable - for eg., by playing back, and a bit more patiently, rather than standing up and taking balls on the half volley.
11/13/2013 | 08:47 PM
Thanks SDanu for your link to the article. Interesting reading.
But I don't take too much out of press conferences. Roger need to show confidence since that is the big thing going forward. If he believes he has no chance, he can better stop competing for the slams. And lets not forget, our champ is so many years on the tour: he will know what he still can do. Two months ago, he lost to less players. Now he came back and won to all apart from Nole and Rafa. That is already a good step.