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Paris stays a dream

10.06.2007 | Tennis

Roger’s dream of the Grand Slam has once again been destroyed by Rafael Nadal. Our star simply committed too many rrors with Rafa showing a very constant performance: 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6.

 

“I am a little sad about the way I played,” said Roger. “I have not accomplished what I had planned. But this was certainly not the last time I played here, I’ll try again next year.”

 

 Roger beat Nadal in the Hamburg Masters final in May to end the Spaniard's record 81-match winning streak on clay, but he never really looked like winning today. He failed to convert his first 11 breakpoint chances, putting pressure on his own serve by repeatedly allowing Nadal to hold. Nadal saved 16 of 17 break points and broke serve four times in 10 chances. He had only 27 unforced errors to 59 for Roger.

 

Nadal relentlessly probed his opponent's weaker side, sometimes forcing Roger to hit half a dozen backhands in a rally. Roger did have chances to take command at different points in the match - but unfortunately never really succeeded.

 

 

 

 
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06/21/2007 | 08:03 PM
Roger, unfortunately it wasn't your A game against Rafa, but you are still the best and you will win Roland Garos because you are the smartest player on tour. Even without your normally deadly forehand, it was a close match between two great champions.
06/21/2007 | 12:18 PM
Never mind.There is always next year.You now have to concentrate in Wimbledon to win your fifth title.lots of love .
your fan
06/21/2007 | 06:06 AM
i was actually expecting that you would put the rag off nadal at this year's french open. but your first serve percentage was poor, you failed to convert those break points, and a disappointing number of 59 unforced errors (as if you were giving away to n
06/21/2007 | 03:53 AM
Roger,
I can't acess internet in my job anymore, because of the company rules, but I did see all the final and all I have to say is: No problem, man!!! This year it would be Grand Slam, next year it will be "Golden Slam"!!!!!!
Health and Peace!!!
Big H
06/20/2007 | 05:42 PM
Wow! These are unbelievable stats for Nadal. Hopefully Roger will do better when he returns to his best surface during Wimbledon. Don't let it slip your mind that he's still number 1.
06/20/2007 | 01:09 PM
Rog my man!

Not too many champions have consistently made it to the finals / SF of RG (if anyone has!). You are unique in being truely consistent, even at RG. Congrats in making it to the last two for the second consequtive time.

It's just that we
06/20/2007 | 06:36 AM
Roger:

The pressure was incredible, and you're human after all. The pressure is off now. Enjoy the rest of the season.

Next time you meet Nadal, make sure you take a lot of balls early, and you attack his forehand. His backhand is better at defense
06/19/2007 | 07:16 PM
hi roger
i think that you are the most good player every time!! your class is impossible to arrive
HI MY HERO
06/19/2007 | 03:08 PM
Dear roger,
Don't worry either u win or loss ur the great champion in the world.
u have to beat nadal and win the roland garros next year!!
u want to concentrate on wimbeldon
06/19/2007 | 02:52 PM
Dear Roger
The word I use to describe your tennis is "sublime". I feel that you just need to play one clay tournament before French Open as this would enable you to be absolutely relaxed. Watching you in the Final, you appeared very tense and unrelaxed ,
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