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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 | 01:37 PM
Dear Mr. Federer.
I knew you were going to do great. I think you were rushing a bit in the beggining. SO CALM DOWN!!!!!!! PLAY THE GAME AND WIN!!!! you wernt that bad in the game its just that you should calm down and play like you did before. You were a
11/13/2007 | 01:34 PM
What the hell is going on?
You're starting strong and then slowly fading!
That tiebreak was the ultimate shocker! 6-0?
Federer a 6-0 in a tiebreak? Usually it's the other way around! Im watching Nadal now and he's playing some amazing tennis...
11/13/2007 | 01:24 PM
Such a shocking result. We are still proud of you though. Maybe its time to to start searching for a coach?
11/13/2007 | 01:21 PM
its okey my dear roger,
its just a part of the game,
sometimes you lost but most of the time you won.
in every time you loss there is always an exchange for that............... a tittle
dont you worry my dear the trophy still belongs to you.
you ca
11/13/2007 | 12:43 PM
keep fighting rogie!!!!!!!
11/13/2007 | 12:42 PM
I think Roger Just has put a little bit more effort into his game. In his last match against Nalbandian, I thought Roger was a step or two slower, and that definately affected the timing of his forehand. He made numerous mistakes on that shot and virtuall
11/13/2007 | 12:39 PM
vai Roger!!! siamo tutti con te! non mollare!
11/13/2007 | 12:36 PM
vai Roger...Siamo tutti con te!!!!
11/13/2007 | 12:07 PM
Roger, You are the technically the best. Please don't loose hope at any time. If you fight hard with full confidence till the end, you are bound to win.
11/13/2007 | 11:59 AM
Hello Fed am sad wat happen??I watched the match and for me its a surprise u lost.Am really sad.Tk c Be confidence plz.Naf_fedforever