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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 | 12:03 PM
Don't worry, You are the best!!!
Niky & Dori
10/23/2007 | 11:54 AM
absolutely you need a coach
10/23/2007 | 11:48 AM
Dear Roger fans, dont worry about Roger's lost he will come out in flying colours in the forthcoming tournaments. Its a signal for Roger to do more hard work as the competition has become very stiff rite now..
Come on Roger!! Luv u
10/23/2007 | 11:46 AM
Dear Roger

I am sorry for your loss in the final, but it didn’t occur very often. Nalbandian is the world number 25 so no one did expect his name even to get in the final. He came back with sharp weapons-some excellent serving
10/23/2007 | 10:02 AM
unfortunetly Roger ws on the defense not the offense in the 2nd and 3rd sets...thats when he has trouble...he ws in the same mindset when he lost to Joki...Roger, Never, Never let the opponent dictate the points!...Shame Shame...now learn from this defeat
10/23/2007 | 09:52 AM
don't worry ...you're the best ..

we love you ...

take care :*:*
10/23/2007 | 09:38 AM
Dear Roger Federer,
THere's next season and you will be dominating all the tournaments, even in clay courts! We would love to see our dream come true, may be yours too???
First set was just awesome but awful for Nalbandian!!!
10/23/2007 | 09:30 AM
Dear Roger,
It's quite a shock for all of us but what shocked me was the face you wore at the net and Nalbandian tapping you as if he were consoling you! And facing Canas had brought in me a semse of fear, you know.Whatever, I have taken tis loss as a ch
10/23/2007 | 09:12 AM
so sorry you lost. i did'nt see it coming because after the first set, i was so sure you would win.never mind, it was a good game.i know you would win the next tournament.
know that you have something the other players don't have and that is why you are
10/23/2007 | 08:30 AM
well played! too bad u lost
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