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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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07/13/2008 | 12:24 PM
You gave Nadal the match again !!!
58 unforced errors and only converting 1 out of 13 breakpoint chances.
When are you going to attend to the flaws in your game. I watched you practice in Monte Carlo and Rome and I must say that there was no pl
07/13/2008 | 02:08 AM
Better luck next time Roger!
A great champion like yourself will bounce back and emerge stronger, and deservedly victorious. Thank you for restoring the beauty to tennis. Long may your services to Tennis continue. Please, please keep up your awesome
07/12/2008 | 11:28 PM
Ouch I sure you wanted that fifth year soo badly. I sure did so much too. Ah! I'm really sorry about that. But I'm probably making the situation worse by moaning about it.
07/12/2008 | 08:12 PM
Hi, Rog: This is an adendum to my wife plee above. (Starbuck (Dave & Julie)) We are both in our 50's, and I used to play tennis when I was younger. But, I never really got into tennis until my wife said to me one day... Come here honey, look at this guy
07/12/2008 | 07:40 PM
Roger,this letter is to tell you how much my husband and i love your game. you've been an
inspiration to us since the very first time we saw
you play; in a word you got us out there to play
the game. you may say than why are you writing
to me!
07/12/2008 | 03:20 PM
Dear Roger,
Don't be sad because of this match.This match is a win for you and for everyone who love tennis.You wil win us open and finish first in the atp pace.Good luck for the future.
07/12/2008 | 01:13 PM

The match could have gone either way. What disappoints me is that the match resumed after the rain delay in the 5th set. I was already planning on skipping work on Monday just to see you win. The commentators said that there was virtually no cha
07/12/2008 | 11:40 AM
Hello, Roger and everyone!
Just want to say that though i haven't been posting for a while, i am still supporting you, the gratest player ever!
And I want to thank you for making me love this sport.
Take this as an incentive to improve yourself. We a
07/12/2008 | 10:19 AM
U have obviously forgotten who u really
are. Watch the movie again 'I AM LEGEND' by Wil Smith.

Your destiny is to topple another legend's record. Don t put too many objectives in your head. Focus on one buddy, SAMPRAS.

simply a fan of act
07/12/2008 | 07:52 AM


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