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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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10/22/2007 | 10:05 PM
it is ok

it is not big deal roger

we support you forever

10/22/2007 | 10:01 PM
Don't worry Roger!You are fantastic:)
Yesterday wasn't your day.But your play is very good!!!C'mon in Basel! I know this tour is very important for You:)
Go ROGER!!!

Anna
10/22/2007 | 09:20 PM
Its ok Roger. You'Re still the best and we're still your fans..
You'll get the title next year..

love
Nesli
10/22/2007 | 09:14 PM
Dear Roger,

Don't worry!!! You're simply the best!!!! You're a 'living legend'!!! You're the world No.1 in tennis, so relax and be ready to Swiss Idoors!!!
The last I want to say - Don't worry, be happy!!!
I keep my fingers crossed for you!!!

Love
10/22/2007 | 09:10 PM
no big deal roger.....we know you are the best.......do well in ur next tournament.........you can do it roger.....you can......just concenterate more.....don't take this defeat that hardly.......and yeah, play ur best tennis in the next game....we are al
10/22/2007 | 08:38 PM
Dear Roger

I've noticed a trend...I think I've discovered the type of player that gives you trouble. Players that have really strong, consistent backhands seem to give you problems. Like Nalbadian, Canas, and Jokivic....all with great backhands. Eve
10/22/2007 | 08:30 PM
Roger,
I'm stunned!
Facts: 1)Nadal & Djokovic not in final 2)David you've beat 8 out of last 9 Xs 3)You played excellent tennis all week 4)Your serve was "spot on" 5)You win first set 6-1 6)you lose match ( Come on!!)

Complacency does not suit you.
10/22/2007 | 08:29 PM
Dear Roger,

Sorry about your loss to Nalbandian, especially as you had been playing so well all week. Unfortunately, it was not your day. Anyway put it all behind you and concentrate on Basel and Shanghai. Remember all you fans love and support you
10/22/2007 | 08:28 PM
It doesn´t matter Roger...You´re still the best!
10/22/2007 | 08:21 PM
Roger, we LOVE YOU!!! Looks like you're going to finish the year at the top of the rankings again, just have to hold on in Basel! The best to you and everyone in your camp :)