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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 | 06:25 PM
Roger I awalys Love you
xxxxx
11/13/2007 | 05:44 PM
We are all in a state of shock as I am sure you are too. Lately a new pattern is emerging where you have a great start and win the first set rather easily and then fizzle out. It used to be that when you win the first set you were unbeatable. To an on loo
11/13/2007 | 05:38 PM
I did not know how to express with this. anyway, don't look back. Just a little issue, you will overcome, just concentrate and pay attention. We are always with you. You never walk alone.
11/13/2007 | 05:15 PM
hey roger!
one more umm..... boring piece of advice: plsssssssssssssssssssss get a proper coach!!!! i'm begging you and for now plsssssssssssssssss win the last and best tournament of the year!!!!!!
charu
11/13/2007 | 05:11 PM
its a shocking news for me
but dont woory
win the all other matches and take the championship
11/13/2007 | 05:10 PM
Come on, Roger! If anybody can come back to win this thing, it's you!!!
11/13/2007 | 04:48 PM
hey roger!
tough luck dude. but there's still time i was up half the night thinking about ur match. ok i think this is what is happening: you are playing brilliantly in the first set but the second and third are not so good. i think you need to keep focu
11/13/2007 | 04:35 PM
Dear Champ,
See what happened to Djokovic, and Nadal?
Nowsaday, the gap is closer between one player to the other, everyone is working so hard and yet the gap is so close, offcourse #1, 2, and 3 are their aimed position.
This is so fabulous sport champ
11/13/2007 | 04:14 PM
BlueZen: What wisdom is contained of the Kaiju code of the samurai tradition! Thank you for posting it.
I always thought of Roger as the Zen of tennis, because of his demeanor and the way he plays.
This is certainly good in every day life, too, I
11/13/2007 | 04:03 PM
Dear Roger !
You unlucky in that match. I saw your total points more than Fernando's. And most of your game win points easily. I think Gonzo lucky when you are not best in tiebreak, and you serve not well at 5-5 third set.
I think you deserve to win 6-3
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