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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 | 11:06 PM
hey roger!!!!!
u played very well in the finals but it wasnt the typical roger style what u play.so now pls dont be so sad. give urself a fresh start n show everyone that ROGER IS BACK WITH A BANG but before that u must rest n become fit as a fiddle.
ur
07/09/2008 | 09:29 PM

WE ALL LOVE YOU, ROGER,
EVEN ON RAINY DAYS.

Zip

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07/09/2008 | 08:47 PM
Roger,
It's sure tough to lose but facing the positive side of the loss, you did fight back from 2 sets down and that proves to be magnificent. Winning the tie-breakers meant more than coming back, it shows how mentally stronger you are than your opponen
07/09/2008 | 08:26 PM
Hi, roger I'm so sorry for Wimbldon.
I feel bad after I saw your sadness at the end,
I was supporting you all the time and prayed to god a lot for you,
My case was just like your team at the court,
But you did really great match and great tennis,
07/09/2008 | 08:14 PM
Roger, you're definitely an outstanding player!
You've got a brilliant technique and unbelievable stability. Your professionalism and attitude to work is really amazing! That's why you achieved so much. I was never interested in tennis until I watched y
07/09/2008 | 06:57 PM
roger:

you´re still the best, and you´ll always be
07/09/2008 | 05:31 PM
Roger, you truly are a champion. When down 2 sets, so many players would have just given up but it shows how skilled you are mentally as well as physically to keep fighting back. It truly says something about you as a player.

Good luck in the olympics
07/09/2008 | 05:21 PM
Dear Roger,

Proud, Proud, Proud of you! Knowing that a man of your caliber even exists in this world, gives me hope. Yes, you are that exceptional!

I'm still hearbroken that your beautiful tennis did not prevail on Sunday. But I'm slowly letting
07/09/2008 | 03:36 PM
THERE ARE 2 WORLD BEST TENNIS PLAYERS I MOST RESPECT AT CURRENT, THAT IS SAMPRAS AND U BECAUSE BOTH OF U HAVE WON THE MOST GRAND SLAM TITLES IN HISTORY!!
DON T GET UPSET WITH THE PREVIOUS DEFEATS.
SET TARGET ON THE NEXT ONE, I BELIEVE U CAN CREATE THE G
07/09/2008 | 03:21 PM
roger..u have more talent that all ur opponents combined.U just need to draw more from yourself.I give due credit to nadal for his win,he has work soo soo hard this time.Surely you know that since you have acyually seen him grow stronger on the other sid