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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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05/02/2008 | 01:07 PM
Thanks again Tilou.
It was obvious that Tsonga would have won the AO Final. This is clearly a disappointment and frustration to players who play with their heart and soul. It does not seem that the officials going to do anything about this sort of dirty
05/02/2008 | 12:49 PM
Thanks JEUX-SET-MATCH

Yeah, I think I’m ready to watch AO final & I will. So do I, hope Djoko will continuously lose to some lower rank players, and will be humiliated. Roger can have piece of mind and focus on game. I respect all the players expect th
05/02/2008 | 05:11 AM
Never Mind Roger, I know (And the rest of us also) that you can beat Rafa

Better luck for the next match!
05/02/2008 | 12:49 AM
Hello Guys,
Can anyone tell me what's going on here? - Warwinka took out Nalbandian in straight sets (6-3, 6-1) in Barcelona, but Roger, just last week, struggled a bit in the first set, to beat Nalbandian in 3 sets 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

I am wondering if R
05/02/2008 | 12:10 AM
Tennis matches are won when the combination of head, heart and hand all work effectively as one. In this final, what Roger lacked was the mental edge to win. he fought, brilliantly, to go 4-0 up in the 2nd set after narrowly losing the 1st, and then he ju
05/01/2008 | 09:58 PM
Roger,
I believe that was some of the best clay court tennis (against Rafa) that you have played. At times you looked like a true "clay courter". The new coach seems to have proven to be beneficial.

Good luck in Rome,

Rob
05/01/2008 | 08:56 PM
Hey Roger,
Just be careful with your right leg when you hit a forehand down the line. your balls are not going down the line but stright to the middle of the court. The reason is that you are changing your point of contact, making necessary a bigger wais
05/01/2008 | 07:13 PM
Hey Roger.
I'm one of the biggest fan of you cause of your
courage and always looking forward no matter how difficult it was :) ... you will win in "Internazionali BNL d'italia" and also next "Monte Carlo" and still you are the best player in the world!
05/01/2008 | 06:47 PM
I cannot wait for Rome to start!!! And to see our Champ in action.