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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 | 02:51 PM
Dear tennis fans,

This loss demonstrates the MIRACLE of tennis. Tennis is interesting and complex. There are a lot of variables in a match of tennis. Tennis is not easy as we used to think or in the stats.

My point, as fans of Roger, we cheer up and
11/13/2007 | 02:48 PM

Darn it! Bad luck, Roger.
Still, you can afford one loss...good luck with the next matches!
Love forever,
Daley xxx
11/13/2007 | 02:37 PM
What happened Roger?

Not to worry, good luck in your next match
11/13/2007 | 02:31 PM
it was a tough loss, rog! i'm sure it broke your heart as much as it did mine last night. :((

anyway, it's not yet the end of the race. in your future matches, please don't let anything distruct your concentration. you just gotta concentrate on your ga
11/13/2007 | 02:21 PM
I think this year you seemed not to have as good as few years ago... Take a rest, you'll come back next year! Remember your goal, break every records!!!!
11/13/2007 | 02:09 PM
One of the spinoffs from the incredible run you've been on for the last four years is that many of us have unrealistic expectations that you'll go 82-4 every year. That's not how sport is.

Having said that, I know you're a smart guy and an outstndi
11/13/2007 | 01:56 PM
Hi Roger
i saw the match. U played superb apart from 2nd set tiebreak and couple of last games in the decider. U r in gr8 form and u will win all ur next matchs and the Championship inshaAllah. We all believe in u so keep playing gr8 tennis and one loss
11/13/2007 | 01:47 PM
ONCE AGAIN PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GET A COACH! This is my second post for the day, but im upset! Im reading some post-match articles and they all seem to think you're fading! You're going downhill and for some reason im starting to believe that which is A S
11/13/2007 | 01:42 PM

Show what you can do. I hope it! ;-)
11/13/2007 | 01:41 PM

Show what you can do. I hope it! ;-)