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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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07/10/2008 | 03:15 PM
Dear Roger
HE DID NOT, You let him win. you gave him too many opportunities & he accepted such generosity.
If you were not an extra ordinerary player, you would never be able to make such amazing come back and save the chamions's points in the 3rd and t
07/10/2008 | 02:42 PM
"Your the reason i took up playing and liking tennis in the first place". - As the ATP reporter said "this loss at wimbledon is simply an interruption", normal service will resume next year. Roger you are still the champion in our eyes. Looking forward to
07/10/2008 | 02:28 PM
Dear Roger,
Remember me I used to be a big fan of aggassi and then now is you. Don't worry about it a true champion is knowing how to lose. Look at Aggassi before he came back to be a champion again, it almost took him back to the junior level e
07/10/2008 | 01:39 PM
It was a great thriller.. Fed u r the best.. Smile
ok.. i know.. i could say i know how u feel i dont, but u will always be my favorite player.
ur great.. thanks for being u.. i love the way u read that poem..
thanks for being part of the best game to
07/10/2008 | 10:48 AM
i m very very sorry for that result roger please please please uses two handbackhand
07/10/2008 | 09:54 AM
in as much of my disbelief that you lose this year's Wimbledon, the more i admire you for being so brave accepting your 1st runner up plaque. This reminds me of the passage from St. Paul's " I have kept the faith, I have ran the race". It's unfair fo
07/10/2008 | 09:43 AM
when you announced that you will be back at wimbledon next year and are looking forward to the olympics and the US open.. that was awe-inspiring.. i mean, that was a lesson for me right there.. you dont quit no matter how big the disappointment - you hang
07/10/2008 | 07:21 AM
FORGET ABT BREAKING BJORN BORG'S WIMBLEDON RECORD.
THIS IS ONLY A SMALL PART IN THE HISTORY MAKING OF TENNIS. WHO GIVES A ###!!
NOT INTERESTED AT ALL!!
YOUR MAIN PRIORITY
IS TO BREAK SAMPRAS'S RECORD,
FOCUS BUDDY!!!

cavera

07/10/2008 | 06:31 AM
Hi Roger,
I loved the way you played match. You are king of tennis and after all losing one match is not going to change your value in tennis world. In fact it is increased because of your fighting spirit, i am sure about this because here in INDIA, we
07/10/2008 | 05:40 AM
I Love U,I Love U,I Love U....ETC.