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Roger defeated in Madrid final

21.10.2007 | Tennis

Roger was not able to defend his title in Madrid today. He lost to David Nalbandian 6-1, 3-6 and 3-6.

 

Roger made an excellent start, clearly dominating his opponent in the first set. But just as our star looked as though he might run away with it, Nalbandian fought his way back into the match by breaking Roger's serve in the second game of the second set. Roger looked uneasy at the start of the decider and gifted Nalbandian another break in the third game after two uncharacteristically loose shots that drifted beyond the baseline.

 

The world number 25 kept our title-holder on the ropes with some excellent serving and deep returns and broke again in the ninth to claim the sixth ATP title of his career and make up for the disappointment when he lost against Marat Safin in the 2004 final. Nalbandian, who beat world numbers two and three, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, on his way to the final, became only the second player since Boris Becker in 1994 to beat the top three at the same event.

 

It was Roger's first defeat since he lost to Djokovic in the final of the Montreal Masters in August and only his seventh loss of the year. Roger had beaten Nalbandian in eight of their last nine meetings including a 6-4 6-0 win in the semi-final here last year, but the Argentine was the last man to beat the Swiss Indoors when he won the Masters Cup in Shanghai in Nov. 2005.

 

 

 

 

 
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10/23/2007 | 04:17 PM
Hey Roger:)
Sorry about the match loss...Its just one of those bad days...though i honestly think you played well and gave a good fight.
And anyway you wll always have our support...you have mine for sure;)
Anyway al the very best for the upcoming tour
10/23/2007 | 04:13 PM
Nothing bad,Roger.
You just played a very wonderful game,so I wanna give my thanks to you.
And i`m looking forward to your performance in Shanghai.C`mon , Roger!
10/23/2007 | 03:58 PM
hello roger!

dont you worry my dear roger,
to loose is just a part of the game.
in every game theres a winner and a looser.
its okey, do your best next time.
we always love you.

jessy
10/23/2007 | 02:15 PM
dear king
its tough to see u r loosing
but its part of life and some time greats has to taste the bitter taste of loosing, u had been superb in the 1st set but nalbandian was clearly better in later part of the match. good luck for basel,paris and in sh
10/23/2007 | 02:08 PM
Remain positive and focused for your matches at Basel, Paris and Shanghai. Just give your best - win or lose. All the best in life.

Cheers, Ugen P. (Bhutan)
10/23/2007 | 01:13 PM
Hi Roger

yes, unfortunately like nadal, people will watch and study ways to beat you. but it shouldnt hurt you, they do it, because of the fear you put in them.the year has been long.next year, you will have to fight harder to win.enjoy the next few we
10/23/2007 | 01:06 PM
Never mind Roger! C'mon!!!
10/23/2007 | 12:56 PM
I always want to see you a winner ,Federer.Because I love your face when you smile as a winner.But it is okey.Don't worry.We always support you.Take care
10/23/2007 | 12:16 PM
Never mind Roger,next time I,m sure you win the final!You play the best tennis ever!Just push hard training!Marko
10/23/2007 | 12:08 PM
Don't worry Roger
Good Luck in Basel
I'll be there for you forever
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