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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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08/04/2008 | 04:37 PM
dear Roger, we need our no.1 tennis player back, we miss him. you have so many people counting on you...I hope you win the Olympics, because you honestly deserve it...
08/04/2008 | 04:23 PM
Querido Roger:
Tuviste mucha mala suerte en el partido contra Ivo, pero aunque Nadal pase a ser 1 para mi seguirás siendo el mejor de todos los tiempos por siempre!!!!
Te deseo lo mejor para Beijing porque se que podes ganar la medalla de oro!!!!
Te qu
08/04/2008 | 04:04 PM
Dear Roger,

You will lose your No 1 rank on August 18th. This means you will have been no 1 for 237 consecutive weeks. What an achievement! My most sincere congratulations! You made it really tough to beat your new record, no?

This is such a rid
08/04/2008 | 03:58 PM
DEAR WEB TEAM

WHEN WILL THE SITE BE CHANGED

IT IS TIME FOR REFRESHMENT

THE OLYMPICS WILL START SOON WE
NEED NEWS......
08/04/2008 | 03:39 PM
Estimados amigos:

Vi por conveniente escribir esto en español para beneficio de todos los fans que hablamos este idioma. Y lo hago después de haber leído casi todos los comentarios en inglés.

Lamentablemente, duele decirlo, pero Roger está cosechand
08/04/2008 | 03:03 PM
Dear Roger,

I'm from Guangzhou China. Maybe I'll see you in the Beijing Olympic Games. Good luck to you ! I really hope you can win the Gold medal so that you can accomplish your wish.
Recently , we all see you lost some important matches . Accor
08/04/2008 | 02:09 PM
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!


ON AUGUST 18th RAFA WILL BE OFFICIALLY WORLD'S NUMBER 1... OF COURSE EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT HE'S BEEN THE UNOFFICIAL BEST PLAYER FOR A LONG TIME...



TO THOSE OF YOU WHO SENT ME PERSONAL -AND IN MOST CASES OFFENSIVE MESSAGE
08/04/2008 | 01:24 PM
Sweet Roger, Please consider a coach if you do already have one now, & possibly, a new manager might help! I think a girlfriend /boyfriend should not run each others affairs as one never knows what the future holds, & too much personel information is held
08/04/2008 | 12:03 PM
schade das du die nummer 1 verloren hast weil du
235 wochen die nummer 1 warst und ich finde das
nadal nicht besser spielt als du und er somit nicht die 1 verdient hat. Er spielt vielleicht in der saison 2008 besser aber 07,06,05,04 warst du immer b
08/04/2008 | 10:42 AM
hey roger,
its ok u lost its not as if its the end of the world is it? u were u r n u will always b the best you nt a pushover prove it to them n the whole world in us open n olympics too i am nt a big fan of the oh roger federer in you i
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