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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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05/14/2007 | 04:19 PM
"Under jolly ROGER!" Don't let the bastards get you down,Roger! GO AHEAD!
05/14/2007 | 01:15 PM
air09 NON ti permettere di usare quel tono con Roger. MAI.
Non dimenticarti che e' il primo del mondo e con un punteggio di tutto rispetto.
Chi credi di essere? Giochi per caso a tennis? E se si chi sei, ripeto?
Roger puo' venire in Italia e fare tutt
05/14/2007 | 11:26 AM
Roger,you are still the best, but...take off the red T-shirt, cause red is not your colour and try to beat Nadal on his favourite clay...and...ce calm cause we love you and will always do
05/14/2007 | 11:19 AM
:(:(:(:(:(:(::(:(:(:((:.....don't worry!!!
05/14/2007 | 10:56 AM
I still believe in you.

Have the faith in you like everyone always :)
05/14/2007 | 08:23 AM
Dear Roger,
a tournment without you, and worse one where you play without being convicting is not so enjoyable.
In defeat some find the motivation needed to rebonce. Let's hope it will drive you to success, and more importantly, to unbelievalbe shots w
05/14/2007 | 07:35 AM
dont worry roger...u'll get roland garros this year its yours...
05/14/2007 | 03:52 AM
Hi Roger. Don't get too down on yourself. Even your good friend Tiger Woods has had several "slumps" and had to change his swing to play better. I'm sure if you put your heart and soul into it you will win the French Open. Also please do consider changing
05/14/2007 | 02:54 AM
simply you need to cut down on your errors 44 unforced errors and only 2 winners you have given your opponent almost 2 sets worth of errors. this is not like you. you must be clear and precise with you thoughts. and stick to the process.
05/14/2007 | 02:22 AM
Roger tu cuerpo estuvo en Roma, pero, tu mente estuvo en Roland Garros.

Tienes la tecnica y el talento, pero, parece que hubieras perdido la actitud ganadora.

Si ganas en Hamburgo, conseguiras:
1) Tu 4to titulo, algo unico en este torneo.
2) Llega
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