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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 | 02:19 PM
Hello Fedex100
If you have time do watch the AO final. Tsonga is a very charismatic player and in one of his interview was clearly not fooled by the time-out for injury that Djoko took when he was out of breath and clearly losing it. I hope Roger does no
05/01/2008 | 01:59 PM
Whoa!!!! Thanks Tilou for your response to “Be Quiet OK”

I have not watched AO final yet. I did not have a heart to watch it live. However, I heard about Djoko’s injury time, I was like what’s new?

However I did not know that “Djokovic camp kept com
05/01/2008 | 11:32 AM
Hey guys!!!!! I hope someone will answer my question. All these years Roland Garros had the slowest surface. I heard that this year they have made it much faster. Is it true and will it favour Roger more?
05/01/2008 | 09:44 AM
Come on Roger!! I think you did well in the final. Just that little bit confidence made the difference. Please don't think of the past! You actually play as well as him on clay. Wish you the best of luck!!! Erin
05/01/2008 | 09:10 AM
Hi, Roger,

We-your fans trust you and your team especially with coach Higuires will come up a more detailed plan based on the information you got from Monte Carlo and finetune your game for the next several tournaments.

I am thinking of two things.
05/01/2008 | 09:09 AM
Hi, Roger,

We-your fans trust you and your team especially with coach Higuires will come up a more detailed plan based on the information you got from Monte Carlo and finetune your game for the next several tournaments.

I am thinking of two things.
05/01/2008 | 08:10 AM
missed the play..but i m looking forward the up-coming french open..good luck!
05/01/2008 | 08:02 AM
My dear Roger the Great,

Thank you so much for all the happiness and excitement in Monte Carlo. It is always so much joy to watch your beautiful tennis. You are so special. It was a great tournament except for the final.

I am so sad that you lost
05/01/2008 | 07:27 AM
Dear Roger,

I come in to post my comment quite late. Having seen your fans giving you their support and comments, I believe that you realize of how much people love you which will definitly encourage and inspire you to step forward confindently.
Alth
05/01/2008 | 06:16 AM
Good luck in Roma, Roger !!! Ludmila