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Roger defeated in final

20.04.2014 | Tennis, Starseite 2

Roger was defeated by fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-7(5), 2-6 in today's final in Monte Carlo.

 

Roger started well, taking the first set thanks to a break to 3-2. Stan gained momentum, breaking Roger in the second set, but our champ responded with a break himself. The tie-breaker was decided by a mere two points with Stan taking it 7-5. Roger fell two breaks behind to trail 0-4 in the decider and was finally defeated after two hours and 13 minutes of play.

 
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05/04/2014 | 09:03 PM
There is a week between Rome and Paris which would be perfect timing!
05/04/2014 | 09:02 PM
Rafa is known to play much more aggressively during practice than in matches. He will be the intimidating one in practice.
Anyway, I don't think there are any psychological games here - it's just two top guys practicing together.

Will be nice if someone catches this on video!
05/04/2014 | 09:01 PM
I have doubts about what McEnroe can offer as a coach.
Moreover, his temperament doesn't quite match Murray's - Andy is a bit of a softie while McEnroe is a natural bully.
05/04/2014 | 08:57 PM
oops - Rafa
05/04/2014 | 08:57 PM
"Stan can show Rafa how beatable he is and undermine his confidence!" as can RRfa! lol
05/04/2014 | 08:49 PM
It might be it is due after Madrid FANCY and before Rome and he is just being cautious in case the baby(s) decide to come early. I would not be surprised if we hear he has withdrawn from the tournament though. If she is that close I cannot see how he can concentrate on his game, especially if he is in a different country. He will be not relaxed and will be on the alert to depart Madrid all the time. We will know tomorrow, he will either turn up or announce he is not taking part.
05/04/2014 | 08:35 PM
Yes BOTING, they do rather look like each other and as you say they already share the same barber.
Why not indeed FANCY. Stan can show Rafa how beatable he is and undermine his confidence!
05/04/2014 | 08:29 PM
My guess is he will withdraw from Madrid.
05/04/2014 | 08:21 PM
It does look as if Roger is lying quiet and biding his time with Madrid. It suggests to me the birth is imminent. He will leave at the last moment, have just a week there if the baby(s) permit. It will not be good for concentration if she is close. No doubt, there is a plan involving grandparents/nurses for looking after the twins and getting Mirka to the clinic if she is not there already! Rf can return by private jet quickly enough. My best wishes for the birth to Mirka when it happens!
05/04/2014 | 08:10 PM
CJM

the same barber lol
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