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Shock defeat in Rome

10.05.2007 | Tennis

Unfortunately, Roger has already dropped out of the Masters-Series tournament in Rome. He lost to Italy’s Filippo Volandri (ATP 53) 6-2, 6-4 in just 78 minutes today.


"I don't know what's wrong. I have to analyze it myself," Roger said. "It was over too soon for me today." These last weeks have been the worst stretch of his career since becoming No. 1 in Feb. 2004. Roger often missed routine baseline shots and his body language conveyed little will to compete. He hit only two winners with his forehand, normally his best shot, and made 44 unforced errors to Volandri's 23.


Roger arrived in Rome more than a week before the tournament started to step up his clay-court training. "I was the first player to arrive. My preparation was perfect," he said. "But let's not forget that Filippo played well today. Give the guy credit."


Our star now has the Hamburg Masters before the clay courts of Roland Garros in Paris. "Of course I've got to sit down and look at what went wrong, but it's not the end of the world? I've now got more time to train for Hamburg," he said.


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05/16/2007 | 08:23 AM
Dear Roger,

Right, it was truly sad and disappointing to lose. But it happens to the best of people in their own fields -Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali...I guess you are being given a down-time so that appreciation of 1) your marvelous tale
05/15/2007 | 10:16 PM
En los últimos juegos, he notado que no pones el 100%, por mas que algunos sean sólo de exhibición. Ojalá en los próximos juegos le pongas la pasión que siempre has puesto y sobre todo date una escapadita y diviertete (RELAJATE). Y tomate a la ligera los
05/15/2007 | 04:26 PM
Caro Roger.....si vocifera che la tua sconfitta sia stata decisa a tavolino..... non è da te perdere così male e non è da te neanche l'atteggiamento che hai avuto. Troppo strano, troppo.
Lascia stare Amburgo, pensiamo al Roland Garros per volare a New Y
05/15/2007 | 04:00 PM
cmonn king federer this is just a bad patch i m sure u will win the french open u will baet nadal
so don,t worry ur gam is fine these r a few off days
05/15/2007 | 02:45 PM
it's okie rogie =)
i really hope that u'll get even stronger on the clay court
gud luck for the matches in hamburg, rogie..
i really hope u could win the tournament
05/15/2007 | 02:29 PM
we are all there for you sir!!!
just take care of your self...
dont take pressure in even Hamburg,,,

what you want (and of course us tooo)...
is the victory over dude Rafa in the Roland Garros...
just maintain your fitness...
tats it...
05/15/2007 | 11:05 AM
Roger io come italiano dovrei essere stato felice della vittoria di volandri, invece mi è dispiaciuto molto, perchè ha battuto il mio mito.Penso, che sia normale perdere qualche partita, anche tu non sei un robot. Ti auguro con tutto il cuore, che ti rito
05/15/2007 | 10:43 AM
hey i guess u really suck now federer, i mean im looking out of the top 10 at the end of the year, NOVAK DJOKOVIC is way cooler than you, i like federer but man all of you are dick weeds u dont understand that his game is one dimmensional and that he is a
05/15/2007 | 09:33 AM
hi roger,
everybody goes through life's ups and downs. forget about your previews matches. just take it one match at a time. wish the best of luck, especially the french open.

05/15/2007 | 08:57 AM
Hi Roger,
I’m one of your million fans here in the Philippines. Its very sad to see you loosing to many games in such an early stage of the year. I will not say anything regarding on how to beat Nadal because im not a good tennis player, I think all
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