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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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03/15/2007 | 09:22 PM
Actually,i saw this text several days ago but...i couldnt find anything to write.I was upset and probably i might not be able to courage you..everyone supports you..like i do everyone says "dont be sad"but im not gonna say that..you should be sad bo
03/15/2007 | 06:42 PM
losing is ok. we, your fans, appreciate not only your astonishing achievements of getting champions but also, the most important one, your altitude towards tennis and your grace and your dedication for everyone who love you.
03/15/2007 | 06:42 PM
don't be sad federer =) use this as motivation ! =) we're all here to support you !

good luck for the future :)
03/15/2007 | 06:37 PM
nuuuu, il mio puccioso Roger!! beh,In the last time I was busy and I haven't watched the match,only few minutes ago I have know about this loss,it was incredible,I'm sorry for you :'( ,but you are THE CHAMPION so there aren't any problems^^,GO TO MIAMI AN
03/15/2007 | 06:37 PM
The hope of your fans is that you will win all of your matches in Miami and the rest of the tournaments you are scheduled to play in the rest of 2007. Because of the lack of tennis television coverage, I've not seen one of your matches on TV since last ye
03/15/2007 | 05:39 PM
Don't be weary. Like you said its only one. The record will be set for sure soonest. You still remain unbeatable.
Always a champion!!
03/15/2007 | 04:40 PM
Dear Roger,

It’s accustomed to see your win so I am sorry you lost to Canas. I thought everyone wanted to know how your feeling was. I got the answers from your interview-you thought it normal as a normal loss to tennis. You are right it‘s impossible t
03/15/2007 | 04:13 PM
i miss you Roger
03/15/2007 | 04:12 PM
Dear Roger
I do hope you get to read the wonderful, loving and supportive comments written here. It doesn't matter that you lost a tennis match in the California desert, but because we care about you and appreciate all your phenomenal achievements both
03/15/2007 | 04:11 PM
I think a loss is good for you, Roger, every now and then. It must make you refocus. Not good when things comes too easily. A note of caution - I read a quote from you in an English newspaper in which you appeared to be somewhat judgmental in talkin