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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 | 02:11 PM
Roger vs Tsonga should be interessting!

I hope both players make it that far ...
And of course i want roger to win it all, he jsut has to.
05/14/2008 | 02:10 PM
Hi there fellow Rogerholics

I see many of you are ready to cheer our champion. I am ready too. I have a great strong coffee. One thing about some great coffees: they taste somewhat like chocolate. I am having it mixed with hot milk. “Café au lait”
05/14/2008 | 01:44 PM
Dear Roger,

Good luck in your match against Nieminen. Take care.

Love from Christinexx
05/14/2008 | 01:16 PM
I'm waiting for seeing you very much!!! i think the match won't start before half past 2 or 3.
05/14/2008 | 01:16 PM
YES YES Blake took the 1st set from Tips.
I don't know about you, dear Rogerholics, but I am getting very anxious to see our Roger in action.
05/14/2008 | 12:56 PM
Dear Roger,
GOOD LUCK!!!

AND GO ROGER! YOU ARE THE BEST !

From Belgrade
Milka
05/14/2008 | 12:49 PM
hey roger,
u can do it man..................
05/14/2008 | 12:21 PM
hi guys!

wow finally roger is playing 2day, feels like such a long time between last friday and now, even though it's only been 5 days, but still...for a fed fanatic like me, thats heaps long haha.

TonyN and Mitz (Page 45), I completely agree with b
05/14/2008 | 11:32 AM
HEY roger !!!!
i`ll be praying 4 ur success against nieminen..

HEY guys!!!
there`s an INTERESTING article on TENNIS.COM `bout this year stats...there`s also a guide of roger`s significant FOREHAND

learn from the master they say!!
05/14/2008 | 11:23 AM
Hi TonyN

Love your post on pg 45.

Specially this---

"the Serb's own pathetic failure to beat a Federer at the peak of his mononucleosis illness in a "five hour, five set" match does not qualify him to pontificate that Federer is "beatable".

We