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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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03/17/2007 | 10:52 PM
Looks like you had a bad day and I hope your foot is fine. Hopefully things will turn out better in Miami.

Sincerly, Seppi
03/17/2007 | 05:06 PM
no importa esta perdida porque tu hiciste algo que solo 3 personas habian logrado ganar un grand slam sin ceder un set ademas has ganado 10 mayors y seguro ganaras mas ademas del roland garros asi que sigue para adelante que nosotros siempre te apoyaremo
03/17/2007 | 04:19 PM
DOESN'T MATTER THIS LOSS, IT COULD HELP TO KNOW YOURSELF BETTER SO YOU CAN SEE YOUR WEAK POINTS AND WORK ON THEM.

IT'S JUST A LESSON (SAD ONE) BUT USEFUL.

GOOD LUCK IN MIAMI!!
03/17/2007 | 10:30 AM
Dear Roger

I'm sorry for posting so late because I was in school in the workdays. How about your feet now? Is anything serious with them? Anyway, I hope you can be well soon and without any problem in the coming tournaments.

As you said, it was jus
03/17/2007 | 09:16 AM
No problem. Don't lose heart. You are still best player. It is normal.
03/17/2007 | 06:46 AM
My dear Roger the great,

Anytime you lose it hurts. I understand nobody can win all the time, so it has to happen sometimes, even the best will lose sometimes. Still it is difficult to accept because you are so special. Nobody knows how to beat you
03/17/2007 | 06:43 AM
Huh , lost to Canas.
Too bad.
Not surprising as matches versus Canas had always been very, very close.
Just that the lucky loser won this time round.
Perhaps, Roger needs to be more agile and fit as a fiddle like Canas to be the lucky winner.
Bet
03/17/2007 | 05:45 AM
Hi Champ !

Remember Ruddiard Kippling's IF.

No worries !

Good Luck, Health and Happiness !

Simi.
03/16/2007 | 11:45 PM
El campeon es el que cae y se levanta con más fuerzas!!!! Fue un golpe de suerte de Cañas. SEGUÍ ADELANTE CAMPEÓN!!!
03/16/2007 | 09:35 PM
dont rry roger your fans are with you no mater wat happens to you
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