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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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08/02/2008 | 09:26 PM
Karlovic has just lost to Andy Murray in the semi-final confirming the fact that a big serve is not enough to win a match against the best. He would also have lost to Nadal or Djokovic on current form. Please let's start where we left off 1-2 years ago an
08/02/2008 | 09:24 PM
Roger, you haven't been the same since the wimbledon final...:(:( but you are STILL the no.1!!!:D As for Nadal, his 'winning streak' IS going to end, every great sportsman falls at some point.....preferably at the us open- go roger- the soon to be 5 time
08/02/2008 | 09:23 PM
Roger, we all have up and downs, and we know that great champions allways come back, you are the greatest champion so you will come back!!!!!!! lets go fedeeeee! we love you MAN!!!!
08/02/2008 | 09:13 PM
Sweet Roger,

You will always be

* The ONE and only
* At the top ONCE again
* At ONE with victory
* Winnning matches ONE BY ONE
* Serving ONE-SIDED victories


Always better to secure ONE than #1

Live Strong for THE ONE!

Go get that GO
08/02/2008 | 08:45 PM
MUSHTAQ

DO YOU MEAN ABOUT THE RACKETS ??
08/02/2008 | 07:19 PM
Dear " boting " and fans.

It is really an intereseting article

http://www.tennis.com/features/general/features.aspx?id=140804
08/02/2008 | 07:14 PM
Roger,

we will watch you in Bejing.

It is better to go practice now. And make sure you run and run to come back to your usual fitness.

When I see you on TV the first day in bejing holding Swiss flag, I will shout your name, so please smile at us
08/02/2008 | 06:55 PM
ROGER YOUALWAYS WILL BE OUR N1. I´M VERY PROUD TO BE YOUR FAN.I´M SURE YOU´LL BE BACK AS N1, 2009 WILL BE YOU´RE YER AGAIN. DON´T CARE ABOUT ALL WHAT THEY´RE SAYING ONLY STUPID THINGS. GOOD LUCK IN OLIMPIC GAMES.LOVE.
08/02/2008 | 06:34 PM
Rog u played well .. but unfortunatly u lost those things happen for us you will always be the nº1..
Now u need to keep working hard to win the gold medal in the olympics and the USopen..
You can do it champ.. we will always be here to support y
08/02/2008 | 06:26 PM
Dear Roger,
even though you loss your No.1 ranking, you
always be our Number 1 forever and ever.
we just want your hv good health, enjoy to play tennis and always smile.
Roger, dont give up! I am very proud to be your fan. pls dont care about the medi