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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 | 01:07 AM
Roger so far luck was not in favour of you when it came to clay and playing Nadal. Although you were leading by huge margins you could not close the sets or the matches. If you had a little bit of luck you could have won Hamburg as well as Montecarlo.
05/23/2008 | 12:45 AM
Dear Roger

It seems to me that the only thing stopping you beating Rafa on clay is your own self belief. You have shown time and again, and particularly this year when you have had a dip in form, that you DO have the skill and talent to play against hi
05/23/2008 | 12:29 AM
Watching the match I realized that when you were winning, you seemed to lose belief in yourself, and starting making errors. Roger you can beat anyone, on any surface. YOU have the game.
BELIEVE you can beat Rafael Nadal on clay and you will...........
05/23/2008 | 12:21 AM
The video Roger Federer: its not easy posted on you tube is fantastic, you all need to check it out. The music is fantastic


His smile near the end is awesome, we need to see more of it, I hope he lifts the trop
05/23/2008 | 12:00 AM
Watching the fight between Roger and Rafa is always spectacular. Roger is elegant, accurate, amazing, the Master but his archrival, Rafa, is tenacious, with courage, tireless and able to overcome the most incredible situations. The one thing I like most i
05/22/2008 | 11:33 PM
hi, this is a comment for "eclink", thanks for the songs that you recommended i'll look for them and i'm pretty sure i'll enjoy them also thaks to "brilliantroger" for the link in youtube:

this is a link tha
05/22/2008 | 10:48 PM
It is your time to win all 7 matches in Paris. One at a time and the title will be waiting for you.
All the best. I'll be watching and enjoying.
05/22/2008 | 10:35 PM
To Pal1982

Thanks for the link www.rtve.es, I don’t speak Spanish, but if I’m unable to find anyone who would tape me Roger’s matches, I can watch at www.rtve.es

Thanks again. Cheers
05/22/2008 | 10:32 PM
Stay in the Zone


Please take into consideration, research has learned that most people are distracted 6 to 10 times per minute!
In between matches, follow your thought patterns. Don’t judge them. Only be a spectator at distance, seemingly unint
05/22/2008 | 10:30 PM
Stay in the Zone


Relax according to need, preferably after hard work and result accomplished.
Part of the brain in action or conscious mind can be likened to a computer, that for example runs a subroutine, win the point, was it the last point?