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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 | 01:55 PM
Dear Roger:
There may be a lot of pain.But nothing serious,you are the king of tennis ,you are the king in our heart.
wish you happy soon.
best wishes
!
07/09/2008 | 12:12 PM
Don't worry, be happy:)
07/09/2008 | 11:49 AM
You were, you are and you will be my Champion always and always!!
07/09/2008 | 10:26 AM
Dear Roger,

I so sad on that day final loss and i know wimbledon so much mean to you.I always believe you will win back wimbledon tittle on next year.Never give up.For me you are the greatest player of all the time and you are truly the champions.

Y
07/09/2008 | 10:17 AM
Hi, Roger,

I wrote to you on P.74. I write again in case something can get to your ears. You need a very good full time coach. To be honest no matter how much you like your trianing and your preparation for the tournament and before the match, it is c
07/09/2008 | 10:11 AM
Hi, Roger,

I wrote to you on P.74. I write again in case something can get to your ears. You need a very good full time coach. To be honest no matter how much you like your trianing and your preparation for the tournament and before the match, it is c
07/09/2008 | 09:48 AM
hey roger u r still my champion....man everybody knows champions r always champions...but dont disappoint man about center court match... champs always make a strong come back after fall.i would like to wish u all the best for us open.
all the best
tak
07/09/2008 | 09:44 AM
too bad you lost but just think it this way you din'd had this trophy!!! next year you are just going to win again!!!
07/09/2008 | 09:06 AM
Dear Roger
If you could see these messages here, I just want to let you know that u r the forever king in our hearts no matter what happened.
Wish you good luck in Beijin. Hope you like China.
OK. Come on! Roger! There'll be no more disasters!
07/09/2008 | 08:24 AM
Hey Roger!!!!! Wow I can't believe I'm talking to THE Roger Federer!!!! What can I said that hasn't been said already? Your a champion, and champions aren't people who never mistakes, but people who bounce back from their setbacks. Take some time, I k