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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 | 05:34 AM
Dear Roger,
Im really sad because you lost this very important match, but you played awesome and i am sure that this match won't make you weaker but will make you STRONGER. Look at the positive side of things. You are the KING, the best player the histo
07/10/2008 | 05:08 AM
This moment in your life must be tough and it's hard to find any solace in the words of encouragement and support of your loved ones and fans, but in future this final will mean nothing compare with your records in Grand Slams and consecutives weeks as nu
07/10/2008 | 05:07 AM
This moment in your life must be tough and it's hard to find any solace in the words of encouragement and support of your loved ones and fans, but in future this final will mean nothing compare with your records in Grand Slams and consecutives weeks as nu
07/10/2008 | 04:18 AM
Dear all Roger's fans:
I know your feeling and thinking after that match, but I want to say something to you. Why we love Roger so much? Because he is a hero in our heart, and forever. I believe Roger wasn't feel sad after that. Instead, he will be mor
07/10/2008 | 03:06 AM
Roger,

'if' by rudyard kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by w
07/10/2008 | 01:27 AM
It's ok Roger.. you have all the time to remind everyone that you are still indeed the greatest player of all time. Any good player can experience defeat but a true champion like you is not the one who always win but he who accepts defeat with dignity and
07/10/2008 | 01:26 AM
It's ok Roger.. you have all the time to remind everyone that you are still indeed the greatest player of all time. Any good player can experience defeat but a true champion like you is not the one who always win but he who accepts defeat with dignity and
07/10/2008 | 01:06 AM
I still love you Roger....I have from the first moment I saw you. I knew you were and still are a champion!!!
07/10/2008 | 12:07 AM
Roger,

I was so proud of the way you played on Sunday. You exhibited a skill and class that is truly all your own. And although you did not win, I hope it is some consolation to know that you are an inspiration and peerless example to myself, and cou
07/09/2008 | 11:11 PM
hello roger
my dear and forever champion
believe, believe and believe that you are the best.
please rest and be careful