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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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05/13/2007 | 11:59 PM
HAI FATTO RIDERE A ROMA, HAI PRESO IN GIRO TUTTI, NON TI PRESENTARE SE POI GIOCHI COSI', FAI IL ROLAND GARROS E NON VENIRE A ROMA, FORZA VOLANDRI!!!
05/13/2007 | 11:11 PM
Roger, You are the master of tennis, but even great masters must know that everything changes in this world and understanding how to adapt to change is the true key to staying the best. This is your great challenge; to find YOUR way to play the clay cour
05/13/2007 | 11:02 PM
Hola Roger, te sigo desde Argentina te mando muchos besos y buena suerte en Francia, ojalas puedas salir campeon.
Gisela
05/13/2007 | 09:44 PM
Roger:

I am sooo sorry:( ! You just hit a rut and I know Hamburg ( City of My father's ancestory) will be your win. Chin up and practice hard my dear Roger. Sending lots of hugs and kisses from Ohio!!!!!!!!!

Marcee' Sturwold
05/13/2007 | 09:28 PM
Hi Roger,

WE REALLY LOVE YOU LIKE A FAMILY MEMBER OF OURS.

It's very hard to see you lose any match and anywhere. But that's fine. It atleast will give you some time to come fresh for the important FRENCH OPEN. You will really boost some million p
05/13/2007 | 08:59 PM
Roger I dont know if you will get to read this message.
I hope and pray you do read this.

These successive defeats are just the calm before the storm. Its good Nadal is winning and with every match his arrogance and over confidence is multiplying. Thi
05/13/2007 | 08:20 PM
Hey !!
You are the best ...
good luck our hero
05/13/2007 | 06:29 PM
As you say it is not the end of the world to have lost against Volandri. It happens to all great champions to lose matches to lesser ranked players but they just pick themselves up and start all over again.

You lost the match because it wasn't your
05/13/2007 | 05:50 PM
People criticising Federer should remember that Nadal (who is rightly the subject of so much praise for his run of victories on clay) also had a bad period last year - last appearance in a final in 2006 was Wimbledon. And now he's back on top form. So we
05/13/2007 | 05:36 PM
No regrets Roger, It's all learning.
We are all behind you, as strong as ever.
Total support for your daring decision, good on you!
Trust yourself, you know it works.
Wishing you all the best for Hamburg
and then the French.
"No worries, mate!"
Lot
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