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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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09/22/2007 | 09:00 PM
Wow, I guess this match was really, really amazing... but you almost won... what a pity the Czechs reacted... but there's still another chance!!! Reach this goal, Roger!!! Winning Davis Cup's matches are also excellent goals!!! Go there!!! Good luck for y
09/22/2007 | 08:55 PM
This is pretty tough to swallow I expect.. 2 sets up and unable to make it through.. However, there's always tomorrow... Good luck to you all.. allez la Suisse!!!
Besitos
Lottie
09/22/2007 | 08:49 PM
Hee Rog,

So the score is 2-1. So everything is still open for both teams. Hmm exiting. To bad i can't see any off this!!
What i can watch is...
The Netherlands against Portugal.
The score is positive at the moment!!!
3-0 for the Netherl
09/22/2007 | 08:45 PM
Even though you guys are down 2-1 I still think that you guys can pull it out. You should be able to beat Berdych and I know Wawrinka has the ability to beat Stepanek.

I wish you guys the best of luck and hope you guys win

Sincerly Seppi

P.S. I
09/22/2007 | 08:41 PM
STAN, ROGER, GOOOOOOO tomorrow.

The last chance...

I believe the Swiss will come back it.



09/22/2007 | 08:26 PM
Go tomorrow, and win.
09/22/2007 | 08:23 PM
What a pity!...I'm so sorry for you!...however you'll have some other chances to show who you really are...COME ON ROGER...you're the best!!!
#1 for ever...go Switzerland and go Rogi!!!
..be always strong in who you are...
All my love for ever, Martina
09/22/2007 | 08:14 PM
That´s it!!! :)
09/22/2007 | 08:04 PM
Dear Roger,
Both of you've tried hard, that's all that matters so don't be sad!
Anyway, there is still the chance: good luck for tomorrow! GO SWITZERLAND!!!
Always by your side xxx
09/22/2007 | 07:54 PM
From the resport, it sounds as though your loss today was tough. But the Swiss team still ahs a great chance tomorrow. So the best of luck to you and Stan

I went to ATP tennis.com to compare your record with Berdych's and Stan's record with Stepanek.
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