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Roger out after two tie-breaks

09.05.2008 | Tennis

Unfortunately Roger's hopes of winning his first Rome Masters in 2008 are over after his loss against Radek Stepanek in the quarter finals: 6-7(4), 6-7(2).

 

The first set went to a tie-break, which Stepanek rallied to take 7-4 after a shaky start which saw him go 2-0 down. The 29-year-old broke Roger early in the second set and established a 4-1 lead only for our star to break back. Stepanek did not let that setback affect his rhythm and again broke Roger's serve in the eighth game to earn the opportunity to serve for the match, but again our five-time Wimbledon champion fought back to deny him and take the set to a tie-break. Roger looked to be in control when he went 4-1 up but it was Stepanek's turn to battle back and close it out 9-7.

 

Next up for Roger is the tournament in Hamburg (Germany), starting next week. It is the last event leading up to the French Open in Paris on Mai 25th.

 
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05/14/2008 | 05:20 PM
Thank you triniMum127. I went over to the site for dvd's and I am going to order a lot of them. I really appreciate this info.
05/14/2008 | 05:10 PM
Roger, you are really great! I cannot wait till tomorrow I will see you in action. Please rest enough.

JEUX-SET-MATCH,

I will see "THE LOOK" this evening when I see the replay on TV. It is a wonderful look.

TriniMum127,

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05/14/2008 | 05:09 PM
Thank you so much Trinimum127

I will be so happy if I can complete my GS collection.
05/14/2008 | 05:09 PM
Not bad at all for the first match.
Congratulations, Roger, one match at a time and you'll turn the tide.
Most importantly, believe, believe ,believe in yourself and your tennis!
05/14/2008 | 04:59 PM
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05/14/2008 | 04:56 PM
Lots of very nice hits you had! Forehands and backhands as well as your forehand drop shots and aces (not just the first ones but all of them!) and your no look in the second set was a real speciality! You have been great because have been strong enough t
05/14/2008 | 04:55 PM
Hi bernadomk, as far as i can remember, Fed doesn't really hit too many backhand winners even in his best matches, he constructs the point using his backhand and finishes it either with a forehand, dropshot or Volley winner!
I think we can only celebrate
05/14/2008 | 04:54 PM
Congratulations !

Jarko is lefty and is not an easy player for Roger.
Will somebody tell me the channels that broadcast the matches from Hamburg live ?
05/14/2008 | 04:52 PM
Just 57 minutes to finish up. Good for you, Roger. Rest enough!
05/14/2008 | 04:50 PM
Roger,

Congrats for your first win in Haumburg! I could only watch the live scores, but it's OK. It seems you have done greatly. Keep on this!

Now I have to go to bed because it's nearly midnight in Japan time and I have to go to work tomorrow.
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