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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 | 04:34 PM
Roger broke again, now leading 4-3 and will serve. Good job Roger, I know u could do it. Take all ur break chances and the match will soon be over.
05/14/2008 | 04:33 PM
Nieminen is playing better on 2nd set I think it's good for Roger. Now our Roger has to raise his game a little.
05/14/2008 | 04:32 PM
Mitz, You will see it on WTA ROME instead of Hamburg ok.
05/14/2008 | 04:28 PM
Hi Mitz, u can go to channelsurfing.net and watch it there. I am watching it on Tennis Channel on TV but they are showing it on line ok. let me know if ur able to get it. Roger was broken again and Niemenem is now leading 3-2. I hate to see Roger come fro
05/14/2008 | 04:26 PM
I am only able to watch the lives scoring but Roger is doing great. He is going to be all right. GO ROGER!!!!
05/14/2008 | 04:19 PM
Federer broke him back again at 0-40, that's fantastic. Go Roger
05/14/2008 | 04:17 PM
Roger broken at love, surprising, comeon Roger
05/14/2008 | 04:14 PM
Our Roger broke again to start the 2nd set. He is on a roll, hurry up man and get out of the court quickly.
05/14/2008 | 04:12 PM
To day our Roger has THE LOOK!!!
05/14/2008 | 04:11 PM
Great start to the match, Fed up 6-1, has taken the first set!
Seems like Fed means business in this match.Hope that it lasts whole tournament to silence all the jerks in press :-)
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