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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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07/15/2008 | 02:35 PM
Roger u r the true Champion. U played superb and ur comeback was out of this world. No one else can do it. Luck wasnt ur way. Hope to see u win in coming master series and rest of the season
07/15/2008 | 01:35 PM
Dear Roger

You didn't dissapoint at all. Thank you for a thrilling final, and we all know that you will reclaim your title as King of grass next year.

YOU ARE A LEGEND and an amazing sportsman, leader and person.

wishing you all the best

Nast
07/15/2008 | 12:16 PM
Don't worry Roger,you still remain the best player ever. Nadal is a strong player but he will never have your class. I watched all wimbledon final until the end (22:30 here in italy), It's been a great recovery and i hoped that at the end you'd have won.
07/15/2008 | 11:40 AM
don't worry Roger,you still remain th
07/14/2008 | 04:32 AM
Hello Roger. You made an incredible game against Rafa. At this time you lose, and I felt too bad for you, bust next time will be better. ¡Hang on! You are the best player in the world and every body knows that. Good luck for your next stop this year. I wi
07/14/2008 | 04:13 AM
I read somewhere that when you first beat Sampras at Wimbledon that Borg called and thanked you for keeping Pete from breaking his record....do you think he called Rafa and thanked him after this close match? Also I noticed twice (once during the match a
07/14/2008 | 01:22 AM
u re My number one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

U re just an amazing person and with no doubt the best player of the word.

I love watching ur games or just watch u.

U re my Number 1...
07/13/2008 | 06:53 PM
A dissapointment Roger, I must be critical.
Work harder to improve your game on Nadal.
Work harder!
You still my champion but it ain´t enough, I belive in you!
07/13/2008 | 02:53 PM
Come on Roger!
You are the best and the one!
Prove yourself the best!
Believe yourself!
07/13/2008 | 12:44 PM
Hi Roger, I felt sad that you lost this one but I know you'll bounce back. It was a classic match. Thanks for giving us all a truly great final. Best wishes. Steve.
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