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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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05/01/2008 | 06:44 PM
much more comming roland garros's looming
05/01/2008 | 05:51 PM
**** JEUX-SET-MATCH, Astarte

JEUX-SET-MATCH, I like your idea that the spectators should get a refund for their tickets. I just hope the ATP finds a way to reduce if not eliminate unfair player behaviour. As Astarte pointed out, if such things as ear
05/01/2008 | 05:12 PM
Hello again Tilou.
I agree ATP sould issue some serious guide-lines regarding the illeness and time-out. But some how I think there is so much money involve nothing is going to be done. Djoko is a Star off court therefore brings a lot of publicity every
05/01/2008 | 05:05 PM
Sorry, I messed up my last paragraph with my cut&pace, here it is, hopefully OK now:

If I had something to say, I would like the likes of Djoko to be banned from the ATP circuit, at least for one or more tournaments, as I suggested in my earlier post “
05/01/2008 | 04:58 PM
Good morning to you JEUX-SET-MATCH!

Don’t be sorry because I am not sure that we disagree (if so not by much). I did not express my thoughts in all details in my last post. My preferred scenario for all future tournaments is that the Djoke will lose
05/01/2008 | 03:47 PM
Good Morning Tilou! I will post anything I can find regarding Tsonga participation to Rome or Hamburg or his fitness. I am sorry to disagree with you: I do not want to see the Djokos at all. revenge or not I strongly believe that Djoko does not belong on
05/01/2008 | 03:31 PM

If you hear anything new regarding Tsonga, please let us know. I think you are French so you may find out earlier than the rest of us. I would really be happy if Tsonga was able to get his revenge aver the Djoke. Actually…I am thin
05/01/2008 | 03:15 PM
it is a pity for Roger. It might be a great opportunity to defeat Nadal again on clay.
05/01/2008 | 03:09 PM
***Fedex100 – I am happy to provide info to you. You provide so much yourself to us fans, thanks much to you too

Please check my message to JEUX-SET-MATCH on p 26 for the AO final. If you understand French, please listen to the Tsonga interview. Tso
05/01/2008 | 02:39 PM
I don't find strange or something like that the "keep quiet" advice of Roger...
I think that top players and tennis fans also are learning to know this kind of Djokovic so far beyond some his friendly conducts..
I think Roger, Rafael, Andy and some oth