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Roger unable to defend his crown

18.05.2008 | Tennis

Roger was not able to defend his Hamburg title, losing to Rafael Nadal in a three-set thriller: 5-7, 7-6 (3), 3-6.

It was the reverse of last year's final, when Roger won his fourth title in Hamburg and snapped Nadal's 81-match winning streak on clay. It was our star's first defeat after a series of 21 victories in Hamburg, taking home the title in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007.

Roger's start into today's match was most promising, taking an early 2-0 lead and going to 5-1. But Nadal came back impressively after a medical time-out due to pain in his thigh, winning the next five games and the first set. The second set was very similar, with Nadal rallying from big deficits but Roger showing a great display to clearly win the tie-break.

Roger fell behind 1-4 in the third set and was not able to stop the Spaniard from winning his 26th career title. The head-to-head between the two now is 1-8 on clay and 6-10 overall from Roger's point of view. Our number one having as much practice on clay as never before, he will enter Roland Garros - starting in a week from now - with plenty of confidence.

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05/23/2008 | 10:52 AM
the draw is very near!!!
05/23/2008 | 10:39 AM
Hi Souji5,

Well may be you are right...... And may be you talking only abt you. Well whatever it is we should agree with the fact that Roger could have won that match from 5-1 easily...... But he has won Hamburg 4 years before but have never won FO. So
05/23/2008 | 08:55 AM
First of all ,I am afrai Nadal is going to be the Bridesmaid of the century now more than ever with the emergence of Novak. He can only win on clay on a consistent basis. The fact is he did not win a single tournament after the 2007 FO until this year M
05/23/2008 | 08:14 AM
Oh! Fede u could have won easily.It was clear that u missed a lot of oppurtunites and didn't serve well at all.That was not u day perhaps!!!!!.Never mind.All the best 4 ur French Open.Go Win it Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
05/23/2008 | 07:59 AM
I agreed with "Cleocat", we are here to support ROGER, not to talk about other players that actually don't matter, because this is Roger's website. here are two links that describe our heroe as the best player and champion that he is:
05/23/2008 | 07:17 AM
Hi Roger,

This site seems to be more about Nadl & Djokovic these days than you. I don't have much to say. I just want to give my humble advise to you before the FO. I have a feeling 2008 might be your year for a few reasons.

1) This is a battle and
05/23/2008 | 06:51 AM
Howdy to ya ezrabartz!

Cool we have a melody to work with now! I'll have a friend who plays guitar work on it for me.

Thanks! I have never picked up an instrument. I do remember that Roger knows how to play the piano...

05/23/2008 | 05:01 AM
Hey Rog, I've just watched your (taped) match (I didn't see it live as I was away for work). Seems to be like you were playing absolutely brilliantly. Until Nadal called for the trainer. You seemed to lose it at that point. Have a chat with a sports p
05/23/2008 | 04:59 AM
Dear fans,

I just wrote a fairly long, somewhat entertaining post, then accidentally pressed some key and my post disappeared. I'm extremely tired from work but will try again tomorrow.

Just wanted to answer TonyN, Shell about the ball girl, legend
05/23/2008 | 03:40 AM
To Zing,

Thank you for sticking up for me. I guess I was suckered into the fray. I'm not apologizing for what I posted, but I will say, the best way to deal with any malfeasance on this site is to simply ignore it.


I, am willing to
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