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Roger faces clear defeat

08.06.2008 | Tennis

Roger's quest for a career Grand Slam was again stopped by Rafael Nadal today. The Spaniard showed an extremely strong performance, leaving no doubt who was to take home the title: 1-6, 3-6, 0-6 was the final score.

 

"I would like to have won more than four games but Rafa has played an incredible tournament and he fully deserves to win," Roger said. "But I'll be back to try again next year and I am looking forward to the rest of this year."

 

Our star did not find any answers to Rafa's play today. His opponent has probably never played better, although Roger also commited a large number of unforced errors, 35 in total - compared to 31 winners. Nadal had 46 winners – many of them backhands of astonishing pace and accuracy – and made just seven errors. "Rafael was very, very strong," Roger said afterward. "I have to forget this now, look forward and hope for the second half of the year".

 

And there is plenty to look forward to, indeed. Wimbledon starts in just two weeks time where Roger acts as the defending five-time champion and later he'll go to New York in August trying to win the U.S. for the fifth year in a row.

 
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06/10/2008 | 11:13 AM
Agassi said that after his last match.. My second the most favourite player just behind Roger. Andre is a great person with huge spirit, just like Roger..

Good luck in Germany, Roger!
06/10/2008 | 11:06 AM
Correction:
Rayagonda's post is on p.50, not 51. Sorry.

Fans:
Also, please read nikoncz (p.50).
I especially like this part. "You have given me your shoulders to stand on to reach for my dreams, dreams I could never have reached without you. Over t
06/10/2008 | 11:03 AM
Hurray! The webpage has gone GREEN, Roger's favourite surface. This is going to be a turning point. Put clay behind you. I can't wait to see you in Halle this week, Roger, and I shall queue for Wimbledon of course. You have so many fans who are wishing y
06/10/2008 | 10:55 AM
This message is for babylilac.

Why would you want Roger to retire at #1? I mean, what does that prove? Nothing.

I, for one would like to see that FED shows us his great mental strength, his ability to bounce back, his sheer determination.

I hope
06/10/2008 | 10:53 AM
Thank you, Rayagonda, for your beautiful post (p.51). You espressed so eloquently what true RF fans feel.
I hope everybody will read it.
06/10/2008 | 10:48 AM
ok roger don't worry, finally the colour of the site has been changed. So it's your time rog, defend your crown, there are a lot of targets left for the rest of the season.....Wimbledon, us open and the olympic games but also the masters.....maybe you hav
06/10/2008 | 10:39 AM
Roger,
Well having lost against Rafa was difficult to accept even by myself . Even before the Final , I was personnaly giving 60 % chances to Nadal , but I never expected such a result .
All I can say at this point of time , is I am ve
06/10/2008 | 10:15 AM
Comments 51 is non sense !!!!

Don't worry Rog, you still are #1 and so for a long time.
You know that you have this special mojo inside you and i am totally conviced that you'll use it to shut people's mouths up next months.

Go Rog, you Rox
06/10/2008 | 10:04 AM

I think this is a last chance for Roger Federer to announce retire while he's still number 1 the world with hornor because if He lost early round in Wimbledon and Nadal is winner then Roger will have no more chance to retire @ number 1, I think he sh
06/10/2008 | 09:57 AM
Hi Roger,
That simply wasn't your day..nothing worked for you in the final..I'm very sorry for you Roger..
You still the best ever.. Keep it up and bounce back in the next events..
Best luck!