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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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08/03/2008 | 09:10 PM
To Gringo: i agree with ur postt on pg39. we all hav a lot to learn from Roger about class, respect for opponents and true sportsmanship.

i surely hope n believe that Roger can bounce back. as his fans let support him in every possible way.
08/03/2008 | 09:06 PM
Dear Roger

You will always be no. 1 for me. You are the most elegant tennis player that has ever walked on a tennis court. You are a pleasure to watch - it is more elegant than ballet!
All my very best wishes
08/03/2008 | 09:02 PM
When are you going to WAKE UP???? We miss the King. No one wants to see Rafa, or worse the Djoker take over the number 1 spot.

When are you going to send us a newsletter?
We the fans are left in the dark. We see you losing, and keep on hearing you do
08/03/2008 | 08:32 PM

08/03/2008 | 08:23 PM
Dearest Roger,
it is some relief that you will celebrate ur birthday n go into the olympics as no.1.
Thank God.

this year so far has been very dissapointing, i mean to the starndard u have set. we can say lot of things; this is what happend and you
08/03/2008 | 08:09 PM
I do´not care really if you are number 1 or number 2 or number 100
for me you are the best
so don't give up
and make your best
08/03/2008 | 08:02 PM
mr.federer you need three things
to make you winn again

1) a new coach /paul annacone

2) a pair of spectacles or a laser treatment

3) other tennis rackets

08/03/2008 | 07:46 PM
Roger, if you read only 1 or 2 of the many comments posted here, please read i_hate_wimbledon on page 30.
Beautifully written and, I am quite sure, encapsulating what we all believe and feel!!

Have you all noticed how Roger's number of fans keep growi
08/03/2008 | 07:44 PM
Roger, I believe u`ll come back sooner than everybody thinks. U`re still number one for me :*
08/03/2008 | 06:54 PM
Dear Roger:
Looks like people want you to be Nº 1 forever, This is impossible My Dear Champ. We (your fans) know that. Nadal could be Nº1 (for how long???) but He cannot play as beutifull as you, He is a runner you are an artist and that is a fact.