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Roger unable to beat Rafa on clay

27.04.2008 | Tennis

Today’s finalists of the Monte Carlo Masters were identical to 2006 and 2007: Roger met his closest rival in the rankings, Rafael Nadal. Unfortunately Roger was once again unable to steal the title from the Spaniard, losing 5-7, 5-7.

 

“It seems to be the same here every year. But I have to be satisfied with my performance as I was almost eliminated early in the tournament,” Roger said. He had narrowly escaped a defeat from Spain’s Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.

 

After a series of breaks and re-breaks in the first set Roger came into the second all guns blazing, attacking the net and managing to hold serve after breaking in the first game. He made his point clearer by breaking to love in the third and by the end of the fourth game had allowed his opponent only four points. However, Nadal did not give up and as Roger’s level of play declined he won the next five games. Our star managed to level at 5-5 but Nadal wrapped it up after one hour and 43 minutes when Roger sent a backhand long, his 44th unforced error.

 

It is Nadal’s 24th career-title and his 19th on clay. This had only been achieved in the years 1911 to 1914 by New Zealand’s Anthony Wilding.

 

Next up for Roger is the “Internazionali BNL d'Italia” in Rome, starting on May 5th.

 
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05/03/2008 | 09:06 PM
Sorry I meant 'Andrea Bocelli'
05/03/2008 | 09:03 PM
Absolutely beautiful pictures of our Roger! Warning for girls/women: your heart will melt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCnZJFX0KZE

Thanks Tilou, my heart has melted alright.... and with Andrea Bochelli singing.... it's just perfect. OUR ROGI MUST
05/03/2008 | 02:56 PM
hi ROGER,
its vry sad u could nt beat NADAL @ monte carlo, but we are nt worry cusz i personally believd in ur performance, am sure u're going to claim ROLAND GARROS, and depend ur title @ HAMBURG... U're the great and king of tennis at moment, so keep
05/03/2008 | 02:24 PM
HI ROGER,
GOOD LUCK IN ROME!
SAVE THE BEST FOR YOUR HEALTH AND SUCCESS.
WE ALL LOVE YOU 4EVER.
TAM
05/03/2008 | 12:59 PM
well done!come on Roger!we all love you best!
05/03/2008 | 11:58 AM
ma bravoo il mio roger!! anche se non hai battuto rafa fa niente, l'importante è che sei arrivato in finale! in pù ho visto che contro nalbandian hai giocato benissimo, perciò nessuno ha più il diritto di dire che non sai più giocare e blablabla.. buona f
05/03/2008 | 02:29 AM
Dear Roger!! Good luck in Roma !! Ludmila
05/02/2008 | 10:14 PM
Pas de problème Mr ROGER FEDERER. Ca sera dans la prochaine Ncha allah ( si Dieu veut ) à ROLAND GARROS. C'est en forgeant qu'on devient forgeron...On vous respecte Mr ROGER FEDERER..............
05/02/2008 | 08:29 PM
Hi JEUX-SET-MATCH,

Yes, I had seen the video where Roger could not stop laughing at the Davidoff. Great to see Roger enjoying himself so much.

I was so disappointed last year that I could not see any of these Davidoff matches. I wrote to ask if th
05/02/2008 | 07:59 PM
Hello Tilou
I have been cruising youtube in search of matches or special videos on Roger. Have you seein this one where he cannot stop laughing
http://youtube.com/watch?v=oOMTuvnFDfE
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