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Roger loses thriller-final

06.07.2008 | Tennis

Roger's reign in Wimbledon has been interrupted today as he lost to Spain's Rafael Nadal 4-6, 4-6 ,7-6, 7-6 and 7-9.


"I tried everything - but Rafa is a deserving champion. It's a pity I couldn't win it in the circumstances but I'll be back," Roger said.


It was a most thrilling match, with Roger recovering from two sets down to force a fifth but he was eventually beaten in a near five-hour epic that was twice delayed by rain. Both players showed magnificent tennis but Roger failed to grasp several opportunities for re-breaks. Still he made Nadal work hard and was clearly in no mood to surrender his title, playing strong to win both tie-breaks.


And so it came down to the fifth set, which is not ended by a tie-break in Wimbledon, should the score come to 6-6. Trading blows like champion boxers, Nadal finally converted his fourth break point chance at 7-7 to set up the opportunity to serve out for the Championship. On his fourth match point, he forced one final error from Roger, and collapsed to the turf in triumph.


Our champ, who converted only one of 13 break points in the match, fell short in his bid to set two historic landmarks: He failed to surpass Björn Borg by winning a sixth consecutive title or match Willie Renshaw's all-time record of six in a row from 1881-86. Nadal won his fifth Grand Slam title, adding to his four consecutive French Open championships. Roger, meanwhile, remains two shy of Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam wins and still has a lead of 545 points in the ranking.


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07/31/2008 | 05:42 AM
Roger, please, watch this video, is dedicated to you, lovingly what you spend all your fan's! I love Roger Federer!

07/29/2008 | 02:15 AM
"Federer planning to retire"

This is a headline from the 'The WC Post'

Federer was interviewed during the weekend by an American reporter for the WC Post. During the interview Federer talked about his plans for the years to come. He says that after
07/22/2008 | 08:56 AM
hi roger well played!
i agree this hasnt been a good year for u as well as for all of us fans n people certainly cannot write u off so quickly
im sure ul bounce back bcoz 'TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST BUT TOUGH PEOPLE DO'
07/17/2008 | 10:08 PM
Don't let down on tears Roger. Be strong and win US Open and all the remaining Masters Series. You can do it...
07/17/2008 | 07:35 PM
i'm sorry... you are no more win next wimbledon...because rafael nadal is so great and too stronge...but i m still your fan....but good new for hard court....you can beat nadal and novak in hard court.....i m sure....
07/17/2008 | 02:02 PM
Well done Roger, you are still champion and still number 1! Bjorn Borg and you would make such a team :)
Well Done, Jude
07/17/2008 | 08:57 AM
I was a great match to watch, and I was sitting on the edge of my seat. Roger is still a champ, I wont hesitate to say but luck did have a role in the result that day, it could have gone either way. RF is still Number 1
07/15/2008 | 10:55 PM
Don`t worry Roger, you are still and you'll always be the best!!! I couldn't manage to send you any msge. before as I felt and I'm still very sad, you deserved the match, mainly due to your enourmous effort and struggle that allowed you to win that unforg
07/15/2008 | 08:39 PM

do your best in the comming champions, you must remain the worldnumber one player.

do not let Rafa be the world champion.....

meemodoody lovers.......
07/15/2008 | 05:37 PM
kämpfe und werd ein bisschen aggressiver ! auf dem platz versteht sich
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