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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 | 04:06 PM
6-1 1st set to roger :)

this is a great start, hoping roger stays focused during 2nd set.

05/14/2008 | 04:05 PM
Closed out the first set in 20 minutes! C'est bon! :D
05/14/2008 | 04:05 PM
20 minutes and 6:1. Wow! Go, Roger, World no. 1.

I LOVE it.
05/14/2008 | 04:02 PM
Roger broke again and he's cruising to capture d first set, this game might be over in less than an hour. Hee haaaaaa
05/14/2008 | 03:57 PM
I LOVE IT OUR ROGER IS OVER THE NET!!!
The commentator jsut said "vintage Federer"
05/14/2008 | 03:56 PM
Roger just broke Niemenem, good start for him
05/14/2008 | 03:55 PM
The guy that said that about Roger is a jerk, how can u get tired of Roger winning? Now he hasn't been dominating or winning and they are saying that it is end of an era, what do they want from Roger?
05/14/2008 | 03:50 PM
Roger has started playing, had a slight chance to break NIEMEINEM but couldn't. Go Roger, pls take it easy, it is a must that he wins this match and I sure know he will. What do y'all think?
05/14/2008 | 03:50 PM
Hi, roger fan,

A commentator just said 'Roger wins again and again and people get tired of that'. My God, what kind of comment is that! I would never tired of seeing Roger win again and again.

Go, Roger, Go.
05/14/2008 | 03:45 PM
Hi All,

The match is coming live at
http://www.channelsurfing.net/watch-online-tv.php?w=insolito

Cheer our start,

Thanks,
Sankar