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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 | 06:03 AM
Hey Roger, as other fans have noted, every great sportsman goes through periods like this. No one made too much of Nadal not making a final for the rest of the year after winning RG.

Perspective is needed here -- as if it is so easy to stay consistent
05/13/2007 | 01:51 AM
Come on Roger. I know you will change this things that doesn't let you play as you can. Everybody has bad moments, even God, even YOU.
05/13/2007 | 01:12 AM
Don't worry, Already you do not have anything her to demonstrate to anybody. I think that you should go out to the field with the confidence for the clouds, relaxed and thinking that you will have a great party.
Come on, Roger you have gained everything,
05/13/2007 | 12:56 AM
I'm 10 years older than you, I'm a theatre director, I'm an enormous fan of yours and I want you to start winning again, so:
Change your red jersey with white or light blue (I hope you are not obliged to wear red on clay). Change it, the red colour is no
05/12/2007 | 10:33 PM
roger i think in clay u need to come more to the net and it will help you
you can try this in the early rounds in the tour and you will see if its good for you or not
05/12/2007 | 08:05 PM
cmon federer you can do better than this. you and i and everyone else on this site knows you still have the talent and skill that youve used to earn your 10 grand slams and the same talent and skill that will bring you many more. and im even a nadal fan.
05/12/2007 | 07:47 PM
Roger, are you in the "Only the Grand Slams" Zone? Are the other small tournaments no longer important to you? That is hard to believe. Everyone gets in a slump now and then. You will get out of yours and you will taste sweet victory. I see that coming fo
05/12/2007 | 07:20 PM
"I don't know what's wrong"
Neither I!
05/12/2007 | 07:18 PM
oh my god...you look so sad on that picture!!! It's breaking my heart!!! Please don't be sa, cause than I am too!!! love you so much***
05/12/2007 | 05:35 PM
Just do your best!
We love you forever~~: )
Good luck to you ~
DON'T be disappointed,
you are the best~~~
Roland Garros~Come on~~~