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Roger's streak snaps

12.03.2007 | Tennis

Guillermo Canas snapped Roger’s 41-match winning streak yesterday, beating our star 7-5, 6-2 in the third round of the Pacific Life Open.

 

"It was just a normal loss, like I've had about 100 times on tour," Roger commented. "That's normal to tennis. I have no problems. He played very well. I missed my chances. I think he played very well and I didn't think I was playing poorly at all. So it's OK."

 

Roger had arrived at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden having won seven tournaments in a row and was considered an odds-on favorite to break the record of 47 consecutive matches won by Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 30 years ago.

 

Canas, an Argentine who got into the tournament as a "lucky loser" from qualifying when Xavier Malisse withdrew, played more like a player who once was No. 8 in the world. Canas went up 6-5 in the first set with a service break and held to close out the set. During the break, Roger removed his shoes and summoned the ATP Tour trainer for the first of two times because of an undisclosed problem with his feet.

Roger stayed in the match for a while thereafter. But after he had a second visit from the trainer, Canas won the final three games of the set and threw open the championship.

 

"He was just a guy who put me away when he had to," Roger said of Canas. Roger is momentarily 3730 points ahead in the ATP ranking, a lead that will melt by 500 points but still stay comfortable. Next up is the tournament in Miami/Key Biscayne.

 
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03/19/2007 | 01:54 AM
en verdad , cada dia te admiro mas roger , me encanta la forma en que enfrentas cada situacion que se te presenta y mas aun como las resuelves , y por eso eres el #1 ademas de ser una gran persona .saludos desde mexico roger y suerte en miami
03/19/2007 | 12:05 AM
Hi Roger
Good luck at miami
03/18/2007 | 11:19 PM
Hello Everyone!!!
Like every Federer Fans, I watched the match, and yes I was disappointed by this loss, but hey come on, Roger doesn't lose that much and he was not at his best with this ankle taped issue, I am really upset by the way the press did emph
03/18/2007 | 10:12 PM
I just watched the final between Nadal and Djokovic. Nadal was determined to win so he won. A real champ can always come back. I believe in you. I hope this time was due to the blister in your foot rather than your underestimation of your opponent. Be pre
03/18/2007 | 08:29 PM
don't worry.....BE HAPPY:*:x we love you!!! you are the best!!!!
03/18/2007 | 04:12 PM
Dear Rogi,
I'm sorry for you bad start at Indian Well and for that you weren't able to take the opportunity to break another record that hasn't bee touched for 30 years.
Unluckily this year you won't beholding the dolphins in your beautiful hands.We-you
03/18/2007 | 03:30 PM
Roger cheer up champion! Don't worry!everybody lost sometimes until the bigs champions. Do notice of what the people say, you continues forward you can.
03/18/2007 | 08:24 AM
DEAR ROGE,
DON'T WORRY.FAILURES WILL TEACH YOU NEW THINGS.THEY ARE THE STEPPING STONES TO SUCCESS.CHEER UP MAN.NOW NEXT TOURNAMENT IS IMPORTANT ALL THE BEST FOR THAT .WINNERS WON'T GET DEPPRESED ON SMALL FAILURES.LET'S AIM AT THE BIG ONES.OUR PRAYERS WIL
03/18/2007 | 07:28 AM
Mr Federer, you need to ignore all these comments that your domination is making tennis boring. We WANT you to dominate. And expect to see that in Miami. All the best.
03/18/2007 | 06:02 AM
dear Roger,
Never be sad,never stop,just keep moving````you're the best!!!
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