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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 | 03:37 PM
fedfan_22, I am laughing so hard reading your latest comment on page 47. You kept calling them clowns LOL. Anyway, clown is correct. Full marks to you :)

I'm so glad there's so many people that really support Roger with whom I can connect, especially
05/14/2008 | 03:31 PM
fedfan_22 on page 46: VERY well said! Thats exactly how I feel. Its djok and tip's insecurity combined with their immaturity that is causing them to behave like this. Nincompoops (Lol couldn't help myself from saying that).

oh SHOOT tipsarevic won! :(
05/14/2008 | 03:27 PM
Tilou,

I wonder if you can purchase from AO website. let me know.

All roger fans,

It is very interesting to see how many of us think alike, regarding not only for Roger, but other players, favorite or disgusting ones.

Ouch! Wawrinka just lo
05/14/2008 | 03:21 PM
Oh NO Stan is in trouble!!
Roger is next GO ROGER GO
05/14/2008 | 03:20 PM
Hi Jeux-set-match

I hope Karlovic will bring a full bag of aces with him to the court. He should be able to get the Djoke pretty dizzy...

Hi Fedfan_22 I agree it is a pity that Blake lost
05/14/2008 | 03:12 PM
oh noooo....blake lost to that clown tipsarevic. :(

but, good news is that wawrinka is up 5-4 in 2nd set, go on stan, i know u can win this match, keep it up!!!

wished i was in hamburg right now, after stan, its roger, and then rafa, n then.........
05/14/2008 | 03:11 PM
Good News. The big 6'10" Karlovic could be playing Djerkoin the next round. Nobody is as anoying as far as rythm than Karlo and as a bonu he is croate (sorry could not help it Djerko brings the worst out of me)
It looks like we are heading for a 3rd set
05/14/2008 | 02:36 PM
Milkica/Milka,

Good for you cheering for Roger from Belgrade!!! I like that.

Tilou, JEUX-SET-MATCH, and all other true fans of Roger,

I am set to watch Roger play as much as possible (I am at work, so may not be able to see all.). Now 8:30 am E
05/14/2008 | 02:36 PM
*** Takeko, TonyN and people looking for tennis DVDs,
I use
http://www.tennisdvdwarehouse.com/
I think that they are quite expensive (a little less for people in USA), but I do order the ones I have not recorded myself and really want to have in my co
05/14/2008 | 02:35 PM
fellow Federerholics,

is the game began am at work the live score only shows the Kiefer vs Wawrinka match. am sorry he lost the first set though.

so pleeeeeeeeeease help is the match began or not? i need to know.

thanks anyway