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Sunday: Last chance

22.09.2007 | Tennis

Roger lost at doubles with Swiss teammate Yves Allegro today, giving the Czech Republic a 2-1 lead in their Davis Cup playoff.

 

Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek saved a match point in the third set before winning 3-6, 5-7, 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-4 to put the Czechs one victory from a spot in next year's World Group. The loser drops to a regional zone.

 

The best-of-five series will be decided in Sunday's reverse singles when Roger faces Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka takes on Stepanek.

 

Roger is making his 2007 debut in the Davis Cup for Switzerland, which has been part of the 16-team World Group since 1995. The Czechs were relegated to a regional group once after losing to Germany 3-2 in 2005.

 

The Czechs made a late change to replace originally nominated pair Martin Damm and Lukas Dlouhy. Instead, they used their two best players to face Roger and Yves.

 

The Swiss pair broke Stepanek for a 4-2 lead in the first set and finished it with Roger serving an ace on the fast indoor carpet at Sazka Arena. In the second, Berdych dropped his serve in the 11th game and Allegro then served out the set.

 

The Czechs came close to breaking Roger in the ninth game of the third set and took a 40-0 lead, but our top-ranked player used his serve to save the game. The Swiss were trailing again 4-2 in the tiebreaker before coming back to waste a match point at 6-5. The Czechs finally came back, converting their second set point.

 

In the fourth set, Yves Allegro double-faulted to give the Czechs an early 2-1 lead. The Czechs broke Allegro for the second time to go ahead 4-3 in the final set and went on to build a 5-3 lead before Berdych won with a serve Roger failed to return.

 
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09/23/2007 | 01:27 PM
just think of future
09/23/2007 | 01:17 PM
Looking forward Roger
i love you
xxxx
09/23/2007 | 10:32 AM
Bad luck both of you, but Roger all the best against Tomas tomorrow.

Marie/ Ozzie
09/23/2007 | 10:09 AM
Dear Roger

I suppose that referring the poor quality of this tournament, no matter that you face a failure. I strongly recommend you to concentrate on Shanghai.

Take care...
09/23/2007 | 07:59 AM
Too bad about this loss after such a lot of work. That Stepanek, his behaviour should be called a deliberate interference, if he played the way I have seen him before. Berdych can hit big, but he can be outwitted and out-thought. Also, he is not as speedy
09/23/2007 | 07:10 AM
Sorry to hear about the doubles - bummer!

Go Team Suisse!! You guys can do it!!
09/23/2007 | 05:10 AM
Even if I would not be able to watch you there.... just be yourself!!!!!








SWITZERLAND.... for Davis Cup!!!!!
09/23/2007 | 05:05 AM
I mean... for you and Stan.

Good luck!
09/23/2007 | 04:47 AM
Sorry Roger for the loss in the doubles match today-it was so close though...
Keep positive for tomorrow. We'll be praying for you and Alegro tomorrow on your individual matches.

GOOOOO Switzerland!!!!!!!!!!!
09/23/2007 | 04:26 AM
Roger, sorry to hear about this loss. From what we hear, Berdych and Stepanek focused on Yves for their win. We hope you will be extra focused for your match with Berdych. No mercy! Go Roger!
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