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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 | 06:21 PM


08/02/2008 | 06:18 PM
Come on Roger. REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE!!!!

Bette Ann Main
Asheville, NC USA
08/02/2008 | 06:16 PM
Vamos Roger!. tu eres y seguiras siendo el mejor, solo tu abriste la puerta para Nadal..El por su cuenta no hubiese podido jamas..ademas tiene mucha suerte en varios aspectos.
Vamos!!!, todavia te queda mucho por dar y demostrar, porque esto recien comi
08/02/2008 | 06:12 PM

Great post...absolutely to the point and hope the message gets across to everyone in here..

All for Roger!!
08/02/2008 | 06:05 PM
*****hi becky,

love your last posting...you were probably talking about "iamnumber000000 whatsoever", "grandmama lilac" among others....

08/02/2008 | 05:55 PM
Didn't watch any of your matches in both Montreal and Cicinnati. I miss you so much! Believe you are still not over the Wimbledon loss. I hope you can take it easy and always be happy. Best luck in the Beijing Olympics!!

Your huge fan in Hong Kong,
08/02/2008 | 05:55 PM
ROGER! For me you are and you always will be NUMBER 1.
08/02/2008 | 05:53 PM
Wish you win in Beijing & the US OPEN.

Then, Shanghai Masters Cup will be yours!
08/02/2008 | 05:49 PM
To all TROLLS:

Since I am not a psychiatrist, I really don't understand why you come to the website of a player you clearly do not like to make negative remarks to his fans. I assure you I would not do the same.

But, since you are here, may I sugg
08/02/2008 | 05:47 PM
the best post is yours
you did tell everything very good and clear
i can not explain like you i think:)))
thank you very much
loves to you