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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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05/15/2007 | 07:05 AM
Roger the great,

Good luck to you for Hamburg Open. Don’t give up Roger, please don’t give up. Keep on fighting till the end of the match. If you want to win nobody can stop you, you know how strong you are. You are capable of doing anything on a
05/15/2007 | 06:16 AM
Please come back, Roger.
05/15/2007 | 05:27 AM
Hi Roger
My faith in you wont diminish an iota because of this shock defeat. You are the best not just because of the unbelievable tennis you play but because you are such a nice human being too. You rock man!!

The fact that you aren't being challeng
05/15/2007 | 04:47 AM
Hi Roger! You are absolutely right firstly u should have to analyse what's going wrong and then i think so u should work hard on ur weak points, there is no doubt u r the best in the world and u have to go a long way, come on boy the Whole World is urs, t
05/15/2007 | 04:45 AM
hi roger,
believe in your footwork, believe in your forehands, volley, 1st serve, 2nd serve, backhands, drop shot, your cross, your down the line, your drive, your slice, your top spin, your mix of shots, your rhythm, your motivation, your tactice, your
05/15/2007 | 03:19 AM
Hey Rog,

Some would say there's a reason for this mini-slump thingie. Call it a challenge to overcome -- you've had those before, and look where they brought you. This challenge is yours to take. So chin up, shoulders back, fight hard, and play your g
05/14/2007 | 07:02 PM
what's happening roger?? so many defeats in the clay.. i hope you're just saving efforts to win in Garros!!

05/14/2007 | 05:49 PM
Dear Roger,
I want to belive that it's another player that is losing, not you. You know how much I love and that I can't be dissapointed of you but come on, what's the matter with you???
You losed at Indian Wells, Miami, Monte-Carlo, Rome I don't know
05/14/2007 | 05:45 PM
Good luck this week in Humburg!!
05/14/2007 | 05:19 PM

I suppose Rafael Nadal will hard to be beaten on Roland Garros, so play it cool
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