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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 | 04:48 PM
Come on you people. It wasn't a good mach...his backhand is still bad. How many backhand winners? I think none. And if were some other opponent who wouldn't give all those errors, it would be different. Roger has to work on his backhand....
05/14/2008 | 04:45 PM
C'était excellent! You were super Roger! The match seems to have gone by in a blur! :)
05/14/2008 | 04:44 PM
Great start, Roger!

I LOVE it. I never get tired of see you win, win, and win. You will play Soderling tomorrow.
05/14/2008 | 04:44 PM
Oh HOORAY!!!!!!! Roger won. I am so excited. He must be elated too. Now he is on the right path!!!! GO ROGER!!!!!!!Does anyone know yet who he will be playing next????
05/14/2008 | 04:43 PM
I went to channelsurfing.net but can't figure it out but thanks for the info.
05/14/2008 | 04:43 PM
Yaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy!!! Way to go, Rogelio!!
Great win over Jarko - can't wait to see the replay tonight.
You'll be fine for the match vs Soderling - he's tougher than Jarko, but you already know that.
Good luck and God bless...
05/14/2008 | 04:42 PM
Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LETS GO ROGER LETS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
05/14/2008 | 04:40 PM
BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO ROGER
Next Soderling..
GO ROGER GO
05/14/2008 | 04:40 PM
It's all over, Roger broke him again to take the 2nd set in less than an hr. This was perfect beginning 4 Roger. He means business now and he's going to the top. Congrats Roger.
05/14/2008 | 04:38 PM
5-3 now, little mistakes here and there on Rogers part but he still prevails, one more game to go, like I predicted, it will be over in an hour.
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