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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 | 01:36 AM
So sorry about your loss to Karlovic, I guess he served exceptionally well in that match and you were really unlucky in both the tiebreaks. I do hope things will be a lot brighter really soon, we pray that you can regain your true strength, confidence and
08/04/2008 | 01:33 AM
Dear Roger,
The number1 and number 3 are falling like nine pins. Even if you lose USO do'nt worry. Karlovic served 22 aces against you and only six against Murray. If Karlovic has maintained the same level of play against Murray, he would be champion. Do
08/04/2008 | 01:20 AM
Lilacbreastedroller-I have only begun, in the last 2 years, to appreciate what Roger has done (as well as other players of this great game). Also I wanted to be able to read what you all are posting in the forums. I'm sure our guy will come back and win a
08/03/2008 | 11:40 PM
andy murray wins 7-6{4} 7-6,well done ,,,,,,
08/03/2008 | 11:21 PM
Roger, remember that you have great fans all over the world that will always support you, no mater what happens.

good luck in Beijing
08/03/2008 | 11:13 PM
thanks eab,""""""""""""
08/03/2008 | 10:55 PM
murray 1 set to nil up,3-2 ,the joker to serve,both have been broken this set!
08/03/2008 | 10:35 PM
thanks judysayshello!!
08/03/2008 | 10:30 PM
1st set murray, 7-6{4}
08/03/2008 | 09:20 PM
I was just thinking
What could make a difference for Roger right now. There is no way that he would read this comments let alone find anything useful here.
I hope that his friends whoes oppinions he values highly like Pete or Tiger can help him get back