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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 | 03:53 PM
Winning is easier than losing - and in the way one accepts failures one can show his greatness - as you did, Roger!
Stay as you are and good luck for the next matches!
03/15/2007 | 02:53 PM
Shame on you not to win this match!But I think you'll successfully break a recond of winning matches from that time)
Good luck and don't think about it)
03/15/2007 | 01:32 PM
Never mind Roger. Defeat is a part and parcel of the game. What's more important is your health and positive attitude. Keep on giving your best in your future tourneys. You are the best!

Ugen
03/15/2007 | 12:21 PM
Maybe it's time for you to have a rest. Nobody wants you to be too tired. Now, you can take it easy and adjust your condition. I believe you can do better next time as well as on the clay!
03/15/2007 | 12:18 PM
Maybe it's time for you to have a rest. Nobody wants you to be too tired. Now, you can take it easy and adjust your condition. I believe you can do better next time as well as on the clay!
03/15/2007 | 11:00 AM
I WAS DISSAPOINTED FOR YOUR LOSS UT NOW I'M OK SEEING THAT YOUR NOT DISSAPOINTED YOYRSELF BESIDES; THIS GIVES YOU MORE TIME TO PREPARE FOR MIAMI SO,BEST OF LUCK FOR MIAMI
03/15/2007 | 08:01 AM
dont worry; wou are the best f the best FOREVER!
go ROGER
03/15/2007 | 07:14 AM
dear roger federer:

we too believe you have yet to peak & we think that you will have many more years on top! you are undoubtedly the finest player to have ever played this beautiful game.

if you were to retire tomorrow, it would likely create some
03/15/2007 | 07:04 AM
hey listen MAN we all know u r the best...this is bad but u know what ur the best at handling such loses n that is y i admire u so much...u r handling it very strongly n that is the best thing about u.......go on
03/15/2007 | 06:57 AM
You didn't look like you were into that game! Just wasn't your day but like you said "it's ok". As long as it's ok with you so is it with all your fans. No, we don't like to see you lose but it's going to happen better now then at the French Open. You ar