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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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03/16/2007 | 05:40 PM
Dearest Roger,
I love you. Sorry about the loss for you and all your fans. We know that you can't win every tournament but it is difficult to actually accept.
You are a gracious competitor no matter the outcome. Rest up and take care.
All my love,
03/16/2007 | 04:29 PM
Kia Ora Roger,
Oh Gosh I saw the photo of you on the ATP site after your loss to Canas, walking off the court with your bags, and your head down. It was like watching a wounded lion with a thistle in his paw! Since then I've read excellent reports partic
03/16/2007 | 01:15 PM
Rog, What a fantastic person you are.
In a way this lose at IW is for the good. We all have been getting leassons from Rog in how to react after winning at the highest levels. Now we know what is the best (right) way to react when one looses. Great!!
03/16/2007 | 12:50 PM
Cañas is a fighter. And, as you said, he played very well. I read that everyone saids to you, "don´t worry" "you´re still the best". as if this match defined that who is going to be the best one of history. Everyone one know who is going to be. The great
03/16/2007 | 12:36 PM
Lieber Roger,
Spiel gut!
03/16/2007 | 10:27 AM
I felt sad when I fist heard the news from the radio.But don't lose heart,roger! Losing is very common to everybody including you. I'll always on your side.
03/16/2007 | 09:10 AM
roger donn worry ,u r the best
as u knw loosing is a part of game
love u Kavita
03/16/2007 | 09:09 AM
roger donn worry ,u r the best
as u knw loosing is a part of game
love u Kavita
03/16/2007 | 07:19 AM
you did your best, so don't worry, you're still the best
03/16/2007 | 04:07 AM
Agree with Zoe88. Just cudn't figure out how you could have lost to someone who hasn't been on the tour for 15 months on a doping charge... Am really, really very sad :-(
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