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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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05/22/2008 | 10:29 PM
Stay in the Zone

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If what we consciously aspire for is not (sufficiently) supported by what we subconsciously have trained ourselves to know or be, our believe will be fragile and attainment far away.
Roger will win RG, Roger will win RG!, Rog
05/22/2008 | 10:27 PM
Stay in the Zone

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Pay attention to or even just think about something or someone and it, she or he grows.
Roger, Roger, Roger, Federer, Federer, Federer…
05/22/2008 | 09:51 PM
Today's Roger in clay is much better than 2 years ago. His clay court game is much more complete.

I believe Roger can beat Nadal in RG this year because Roger has already got all weapons in slaughtering Nadal.

I have recently spent a lot of tim
05/22/2008 | 09:48 PM
Roger, seguí toda tu carrera, hoy siento que tengo que decirte que Nadal no te gano sino que vos perdiste. Sólo ante el se te va un partido como éste, y no solo este sino los dos últimos R.G., Nadal no es el mejor en arcilla, si llegás a las finales es po
05/22/2008 | 08:22 PM
RF - Congrats on Finalist yet again at Hamburg! TSN/ESPN sped-up the tape so we could not see full match, there is so much IIHF Worlds, Pro and Junior A Ice Hockey going on here now in Canada. I see real benefit from your employ of Clay Court Specialist C
05/22/2008 | 06:49 PM
RF fan go to google and search "The king is dead federer and click on Accelerated Decrepitude and read on the post on Nadal tendency of faking injuries when things do not go right for him. His uncle kept on coaching him during Novak match at Hamburg. Too
05/22/2008 | 06:11 PM
hello dear roger i compare you with
king arthur .......this tournment is just as the
round table and paris is camelot and i say to
yes you can......
05/22/2008 | 05:59 PM
(I'm only half joking about that last part.)
05/22/2008 | 05:58 PM
Thanks for the link to "Roger Federer as Religious Experience," it almost brought me to tears! Anybody know where I can get a bumper sticker that says "W. W. R. D.?"
05/22/2008 | 05:52 PM
... and Roger, beware !
Nadal will try that trick again of faking an injury when you're ahead...
Don't let it interfere with your rhythm, your game. His thigh was just fine...