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Roger loses first match

12.11.2007 | Tennis

Seventh seed Fernando Gonzalez shocked our number one 3-6, 7-6(1), 7-5 to hand the defending champion his first-ever loss in the round robin phase of the Masters Cup.

 

Roger was undefeated in the round robin phase in five previous appearances at the season-ending championships and had never lost to Gonzalez in ten prior encounters.

Roger was never in trouble until the second-set tiebreaker, when Gonzalez, who had only won two sets in their previous meetings, stunned him by running off to a 6-0 lead. Our star saved one set point before sending a forehand long to level the match.

Shouting and pumping his fist, Gonzalez had break points for the first time in consecutive games in the third set but couldn't convert. Roger squandered five break points of his own.

Roger looked stunned as Gonzalez whipped winner after winner, and the Chilean finally converted a break to pull ahead 6-5. Gonzalez showed some nerves by double-faulting while serving for the match at 40-0, but Roger sent a forehand wide to end it.

 
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11/13/2007 | 10:13 PM
Roger, Hey don't let that loss get to you!!!!! You are the world class athlete and will always be #1 to me! Gonzo is certainly a willful and determined opponent, BUT HE IS NOT YOU!!!! You are the man and quite the artist on the court...I have been a bit w
11/13/2007 | 09:07 PM
Roger, you only need to change your clothes again... Go back to the black one that you used al the us open...... Good luck
11/13/2007 | 08:52 PM
hey! don`t worry guys. federer is the number one of all times. he can do it whitout trouble. ALLE ROGER...
11/13/2007 | 08:32 PM
I´m sorry Roger, but it doesn´t matter. I´m sure you´ll play the best. Good luck!!
11/13/2007 | 08:06 PM
GO ROGER!!!!!!!!!!!!
11/13/2007 | 07:41 PM
So what?
You're still going to win. So it really doesn't matter. We believe in you.
Good luck.
11/13/2007 | 07:28 PM
Dear Roger,
I was totally surprised or rather shocked to hear about the defeat. But no worries, you are definitely goin to WIN this masters cup. You are still in the series. YOU CAN DO IT, ROGER!!

well, no advices from me.who am i to giv you advice. i
11/13/2007 | 07:04 PM
Hi Rog...In a year that could be refered to be your worse since taking over the mantle of leadership you won 3 GS tiltles,Over $7millon and maintained the #1 Ranking even with all the points you lost(unable to defend).Am sure we dont need a Rocket scienti
11/13/2007 | 06:59 PM
astarte
Rest assure, I love Roger, and i hope you're right...maybe he can keep up the level he's maintained for the last 4 or 5 years

All I'm saying is roger's motivation will eventually have to fall....and younger, hungrier players will start thinkin
11/13/2007 | 06:54 PM
COME ON ROGER , I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT
!!!! I KNOW ITS GONNA BE HARD BUT IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN LIKE THAT AND YOU HAVE BEEN ALWAYS THE BEST.
PLEASE WE ALL WANT TO SEE YOU PLAYING TO YOUR LEVEL, PLEASE GET IT AGAIN. I BELIVE YOU WILL WIN SHANGHAI... AND 2008
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