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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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07/09/2008 | 04:39 AM
Roger, I was born on the same day as you, I think I know you, you are the best tennis player on the way of pursing the perfect tennis. I believe in you, you can make greater triumphy in the future, like you said"I will be back"
07/09/2008 | 04:19 AM
Roger, I have never been more proud to be your fan. You showed magnificent spirit and incredible determination at Wimbledon. You are a CHAMPION in every sense of the word! Your tennis is so beautiful, and your graciousness is an inspiration.

Good lu
07/09/2008 | 04:06 AM
You are our champ. Every match could be won or lost. You have won many and will win many more. I can't wait to see you come out and take the US OPen to prove everyone wrong. We love you and are with you all the way
07/09/2008 | 04:06 AM
Thank you for such an amazing final. You are so gracious and a true champion. You will always be #1 in my book. Win or lose, I'm with you. You are the greatest!
07/09/2008 | 03:13 AM
Destiny doesnt knock twice, you kept wasting opportunities and it picked the one who availed the opportunity. Good news is that with Rafa's rise you know now that you do have some more work to do. Never ever think that since you have 12 grand slams so you
07/09/2008 | 02:47 AM
Undoubtedly such a loss is a painful thing to deal with - however, to produce the comeback which you somehow did in managing to push the match to a extended fifth set was oustanding - and if it possible, you have gained even more respect for doing that -
07/09/2008 | 02:28 AM
Hello Roger,
I don't spend much time if any posting comments on websites, but you are such a great man and champion that I want to post a comment of gratitude to what you give us all everytime you play tennis.
I am not an athelete. I am an artist, but
07/09/2008 | 02:22 AM
ROGER FEDERER YOUR THE ONLY KING OF TENNIS!;)

GOD BLESS U ALWAYS!

UR AVID FAN FOREVER!
07/09/2008 | 02:03 AM
ROGER.-

I´LL LOVE YOU FOREVER!?

alma
07/09/2008 | 01:51 AM
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

Dear Roger,
it must be tough to have lost, and you would have des