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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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06/14/2007 | 02:51 AM
Hi,
I think you're strategy was very good, but you couldn't execute on break points. You knew he was going to serve to your backhand almost exclusively and you returned with topspin instead of slice. And your returns did push him back, but you couldn't
06/14/2007 | 01:50 AM
I still love u very much,Roger...u are the best and ur always No.1 for me. U always have my support...Good luck!
Love,Natasha...
06/14/2007 | 01:15 AM
Hi my friend!
No problem for this time! Next year you will be better and get another chance!
Just do not make it too long to win in France as we all want you to win this!
In another hand we should congratulate Rafael Nadal as well as he is playing grea
06/14/2007 | 12:26 AM
Roger,
Even if Nadal is more dominant on clay it doesn's matter. That is one surface! You can still beat him on hard, & grass courts!
You are still #1!
06/13/2007 | 11:44 PM
I love u and ur always # 1 in my heart Roger! Your will always be the best always! Take care!

Love,
Marlene
06/13/2007 | 11:32 PM
Hi Roger,

A win and a loss are just two sides of the same coin. It will be sweeter to win later, and regardless of the result you are still a great champion of the game. You rule 3 out of 4 Grand Slams, Nadal 1 out of 4; that's a fact and you should f
06/13/2007 | 10:07 PM
Roger, I think you have really the abilities the beat Nadal on all surfaces! Don't let you down and don't give up your dream of winning Roland Garros! You can do it. Despite your current disappointement, try now to enjoy defending your titles in Wimbledon
06/13/2007 | 09:57 PM
Hi Roger,

Estabas jugando muy bien hasta ese 3 a 2, y te ibas a poner 4 a 2 y un seguro 5 a 2 y seguro el 1er set era tuyo, pero al no poder quebrar a Nadal, sufriste una caida en tu nivel de juego:
* Mal primeros saques
* No le ponias bolas dificil
06/13/2007 | 08:35 PM
(PS) : Ow and hey.. : Rafa was sad for you..He knows damn well how much you wanted to win. He is a sweetheart like you are. (as you know..('',)) I'm looking forward to the battle next year between you and Rafa. But then..with a different result..:-p
Love
06/13/2007 | 08:14 PM
Hey, look forward to what's coming and learn from your mistakes...Just relax a moment and get ready for Wimbledon :) And next year: Roland Garros will be there, waiting for you!
Love, Maruska