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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 | 01:26 AM
Roger I just wanna say
Please don't be sad :)
07/09/2008 | 01:17 AM
Congratulations on a very remarkable. amazing and courageous comeback from 2 sets to 0 down.You fought like a true champion and also
truly deserved to win. That's just how the game goes, it really could've gone either way in that last set, I guess it ca
07/09/2008 | 12:53 AM
hey there,
It's always a treasure seeing you play and looking forward for more!
07/09/2008 | 12:47 AM
My Dear Roger:

You played an amazing match and I am so proud of you. I wish the outcome would have been different but there it wasn't to be. As far as I am conceren, thisre was no loser. This was the best match that I have witnessed. You are and always
07/09/2008 | 12:07 AM
Hi Roger!

I just wanted to congratulate you on playing so amazingly in the best tennis final I have ever seen! I was rooting for you all the way! Although you lost, I thought you were simply AMAZING, and you definitely showed everyone why you have been
07/09/2008 | 12:00 AM

Mon cher... I read on the forum that you are feeling better today. I hope that's the case, that the hurt is receding, and that you are looking forward to the great things yet to come. Roger, you're a great Champion, you are still Number One, m
07/08/2008 | 11:06 PM
oh Roge I'm so sorry
don't be sad you did all your best
good luck and be happy plz.....
07/08/2008 | 10:58 PM
I'm still disappointed of the result in wemblidon i can not imagine this silly nadal holding wimbledon chapionship it doesn't match him at all
the gold is for gold for u roger hard luck i know the year 2008 was ur owful year ever i wish the year 2009 c
07/08/2008 | 10:34 PM
i am disapointed as hell to c roger lose his crown. but the champ didnt fell easily he showd that he is the reall champ.
any way it had to come down one day. we should have all been ready for this moment.
best of luck to you roger for the rest of seaso
07/08/2008 | 10:29 PM
Hi Roger,
Just wanted to chime in and let you know that in my book, you are still the greatest. Wimbledon was a tough loss, but I am so glad that Rafa had to earn the win. You definitely gave him a hard way to go!!! People don't realize enough how tough