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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 | 10:20 AM
Hi! Roger
You should not try to speed up your ball too fast and too much strong because you will miss it more often if it is sharp enough. Rafa's ball is not as fast as yours but just more spining and accurate. I do understand your feeling of incon
08/04/2008 | 10:20 AM
Hi! Roger
You should not try to speed up your ball too fast and too much strong because you will miss it more often if it is sharp enough. Rafa's ball is not as fast as yours but just more spining and accurate. I do understand your feeling of incon
08/04/2008 | 09:44 AM
i don't know what to say... bad luck roger
08/04/2008 | 08:50 AM
Hi Roger, think about it..... YOU ARE THE NUMBER ONE..... that's all.

Don't play the games pressed by the others results..... be YOU (the Nº 1) get fun playing, you can do it.

And please recover your level for all your fans, we need to see you on th
08/04/2008 | 08:05 AM
PLease Rog, keep face !!!!

You are still the number one in our hearts and on court as well !!!!!!!!!!
08/04/2008 | 07:47 AM
I despise most of these tennis commentators. As soon as Rafa lost the first set to Djoker, they are all saying "he must be so tired" & bringing all these excuses! Oh, poor Rafa! But until that loss, "he is playing the best tennis ever"! They all had jumpe
08/04/2008 | 04:20 AM
Roger,
Confidence is what you're lacking, understandably so, but, even if you're not feeling all that confident when you walk out on the court, try not to show it - walk out there like you're the king of tennis.
It will take something extraordinary for
08/04/2008 | 04:08 AM
Hey roger!
It kinda feels to me that something is missing some where..Where is that roger who used to be on fire....!???Come on Roger you can do it...It's ok, It's alright..come on roger Fight, Fight, Fight!!!!
08/04/2008 | 04:00 AM
2008 US open is yours.
08/04/2008 | 02:55 AM
Roger!!!
You are number 1 and neither rafa nor djokovil will be never better than you.Remember.
You will win Bejing and US Open.
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