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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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07/11/2008 | 02:51 AM
Please do not be like Borg and walk away Roger! Please play till you are 36 just like Andre. It would be DEVASTATING for you to leave now. We love you and we love your tennis! You represent all that is beautiful and right with the world! You WILL win
07/11/2008 | 02:50 AM
Roger the Great (Part 2)

Have you read what Sampras said about you after this final? He said many beautiful things. These are the few things I like most. He was asked, “Do you still expect Roger to break your Grand Slam singles title record (14 titl
07/11/2008 | 02:48 AM
My dear Roger the Great, (Part 1)

I am so sorry about your loss. I know how much you are hurting, wish I could take away your pain. My heart is broken but at the same time I am very proud of you the way you fought back after two sets down, unfortuna
07/10/2008 | 08:36 PM
Dear Roger, It was a great match and I still marvel at the incredible shots you made. I still think you are the better player. I read an article that described Nadal as all brute force and you as skilled artistry and I totally agree. There has never be
07/10/2008 | 06:50 PM
Dear Roger,

You have the right to be dissappointed that you did not win that match, but on the same time you are the greatest player that tennis has ever seen! We all love and resepct you regardless of the results because you have a great game and a gr
07/10/2008 | 06:39 PM
07/10/2008 | 05:07 PM

to many things to say..i think in this sad hour yo should be very happy for the response of your fans, and like everyone says we are right behind you. I know youll come back because you really are a true champion¡¡¡
You have now another challen
07/10/2008 | 05:01 PM

I LOVE the picture that is on the homepage right now! What a GREAT picture of Roger!
07/10/2008 | 04:52 PM
Roger and Roger "fans",

What a match it was on Sunday.! Not the final outcome we had hoped for, but a fabulous match nonetheless. For that, I congratulate both players.........

All that being said, I am a HUGE Federer fan. (Emphasis on the word "HUG
07/10/2008 | 03:22 PM
It's so sad ,but all be fine!
Don't worry.I believe in you!
Yo're the BEST of the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Next year you will do it.