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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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06/12/2007 | 02:53 PM
Dear Roger,
U had a tough match...but u did ur best..
I wish u good luck for the year ahead!
For me ur still the greatest player!!
Love you
Bhavana
06/12/2007 | 02:48 PM
Roger...
It was your chance to obtain Grand Slam and to win Roland Garros for the first time. But not to show that you're number one. all the world knows it.
You're the best.
06/12/2007 | 02:32 PM
Roger, I can feel the pain you suffered. I wish the "Paris" dream will come true for you.
06/12/2007 | 02:14 PM
Dear Roger

I’m sorry you lost to Nadal. I watched you playing every match live until the final. You could show top form only in the second set final. I wish you would have showed three sets. You are right; this was certainly not the last time you playe
06/12/2007 | 02:10 PM
I'm sad for u but it's ok. i'll win Wimberdon sure
06/12/2007 | 01:42 PM
Dearest Roger, I just came upon these words today, and they reminded me of you. Please take heart. We love you:

"The tragedy of life does not lie, young folk, in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It is not a cala
06/12/2007 | 01:29 PM
roger,roger,roger ... i wish u very best of luck for future anddd just hope tht u win french open by beatng nadal in 08 with complete control ... i m with u and will always be !
06/12/2007 | 01:21 PM
Dear Rog
I know that you must be disheartened by missing too many chances! I am sure it is not the end of the tunnel. Please never give up and next time, i am sure, you will conquer RG

Fan
06/12/2007 | 01:20 PM
Dear Roger:
I'm a sixteen-year old girl from Beijing, China. It's my first time to log on your website and write to you although I know my English is not very good. Anyway, the French Open ended at 0:00 Beijing time. I'm sad to see that you failed agai
06/12/2007 | 12:45 PM
I have loved Borg and MC Enroe in the past, and i love your tennis and really think you are the best tennis player ever. Nadal is number one in clay? Nadal is number one as fighter, and you can win against him if you play your match as a fighter too, usin