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Roger upset in Cincinnati

31.07.2008 | Tennis

Roger had to face a 7-6 (8), 4-6, 7-6 (7) loss to Ivo Karlovic in two hours and eleven minutes in Cincinnati today. It was his first defeat against the Croatian in seven encounters.

 

The tie-break of the first set proved a close affair, but the key moment came when 16th seed Karlovic stopped mid-point to challenge a line call, with Hawk-Eye showing Roger had pushed his shot long. That gave Karlovic set point on serve and the Croatian took full advantage to wrap up the opener. Roger finally secured the first break of the match in game five as Karlovic sent a forehand long, and it proved decisive as the world number one went on to level the match.

 

Neither player could gain the upper hand in the third set and another tie-break was needed to settle the match.

Karlovic claimed the first two points - the second of which came on Roger's serve - allowing him to carve out three match points. And although the Croatian pushed the first two long, our champ then hit a long return of his own to hand the match to Karlovic.

 

The outcome opened the way for Rafael Nadal to take over the top spot by winning the Cincinnati Masters. Roger has been ranked No. 1 for a record 235 consecutive weeks, a streak that will end if Nadal — who was scheduled to play Thursday night — adds to his run of five consecutive tournament titles.

 

 

 

 
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08/05/2008 | 02:12 PM
Roger, you were awesome in Cincy, playing a beautiful match against Karlovic! Your skills and game are amazing as always. We are going to Beijing with you and we wish you all the best. You'll see us . . our shirts will say "Roger Number One Forever a
08/05/2008 | 01:37 AM
Dear Roger,
You've been heroes to many people, myself included, for your excellent talent in tennis. You've had a few slip ups lately but don't take it too deeply! Look at how long you've been Number One in the tennis world, 4 years now Roger! Praise yo
08/05/2008 | 12:06 AM
Roger,
after 235 weeks as number 1 of the ATP ranking, can happen to involve a little. I'm sure you will be back soon at the top. That place is yours. In any case, for us, your fans, you will remain the n. 1 for ever, in our hart.
Don't ever give up.
08/04/2008 | 11:50 PM
Please start winning all BIG titles again and get back to No.1 ASAP. People will know how difficult it is to maintain No.1 status
08/04/2008 | 06:35 PM
Nothing to think, the past is the past, you have the upper hand now, you will decide what´s gonna happen next, nothing esle to demostrate to anybody, what you have done is amazyn, i still saving for try to go to the us open and see you, always a pleausure
08/04/2008 | 06:34 PM
Come on Roger, start believe in yourself again! You can still win a Grand Slam this year: The US Open! Put all the negative feelings away and start every match with confidence, like you did the last four years! You can do it ROGER! You must just BELIEVE i
08/04/2008 | 06:26 PM
Roger,

For me you are the KING of TENNIS.
KING ROGER.....
08/04/2008 | 06:23 PM
Hi Roger,

Good luck for Olympics. Hope to see you with gold medal.
08/04/2008 | 05:27 PM
Roger, you are the greatest. I just feel that you need to work harder on your mental side of the game. When I think back to your Wimbledon loss. Up until the final, you were by far the better player. The only reason you are losing now, is because your opp
08/04/2008 | 04:56 PM
"Iamnumber01" Isn't it a bit sad that you keep spending time on Roger's site, doesn't Rafa have one that you can amuse yourself on.
Making number 1 on 18th Aug doesn't mean he's going to stay there.
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