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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 | 01:58 AM
Can't win all the time, or better say, every tournament Roger plays. Next tournament I know he is going to come out with everything.
03/15/2007 | 01:12 AM
Roger Federer no importa ke hayas perdido seguiras siendo el mejor
y vamos por los siguientes torneos
demuestra ke eres hoy por hoy el mejor del tenis
te apoyamos
vamos federer
tu puedes
no te dejaremos solo
king federer
# 1 del mundo
sabemos
03/14/2007 | 11:21 PM
well...looks like your human after all...its ok though just go out have a beer and forget about it...im sure you will be fine in miami
03/14/2007 | 10:03 PM
Don't worry,u're still the best for us!
Good luck for the next tournament!
03/14/2007 | 09:24 PM
I was eagerly looking forward to the Indian Wells tournament but now that you are out of it I have no desire to watch. You bring so much enjoyment and excitement to the game of tennis. I hope you can bounce back and show your true mettle in Miami. Above a
03/14/2007 | 08:21 PM
Hi Rog,
That picture of you makes me want to give you a great bit kiss...
SMACK !
03/14/2007 | 08:07 PM
If anyone ever doubted that you are FIRST CLASS ALL THE WAY, they should take note of the way you said "the right man won" after Canas defeated you. Wow! You are a man for all time, in a league with the greats of tennis! Did you notice, your fans grew
03/14/2007 | 07:50 PM
Roger, don't worry! Whatever you do you're THE BEST!!! I believe in you! Good luck in Miami!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
03/14/2007 | 04:31 PM
win or lose u r still the #1 in my heart!!!
u never fail to deliver, this is just one glitch to ur quest for greater glory and being THE GOAT!!
Good luck in Miami and I hope u spend some time in our sunny CA..
take care always...
03/14/2007 | 03:45 PM
DONT WORRY PRETTY BABY!!YOU ALWAYS BE THE ONE AND THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD!!I LOVE YOU,PLEASE SEND ME A MESSAGE!!MAKE ME A LITTLE BIT HAPPY!!LOT A KISSES,BYE!!EMILY.