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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 | 05:43 PM
Roger,

Although your results have not been the same as in previous years, your current year is still a career year for anyone outside of the top 3 on the pro tour. However, any which way you look at it, you have come down a bit by the standards that yo
08/03/2008 | 05:38 PM
SPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECHLESS !!!!!!

But I MUST talk !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK guys, let's get down to business here !!!!!!!!!!!

Here's my take ( personal opinion ) on the match :

When you play an ACE MACHINE like Karlovic , you should NOT let
08/03/2008 | 05:16 PM
There are some greate posts here of late. It is nice to know most people here love Roger. But it is even better to read some more constructive sharp comments. In my case, I like to refer to the history of our sport. And I just can refer to the one who is
08/03/2008 | 05:00 PM
Roger,I don't know what to say.
I just want you to know that I support you forever!
08/03/2008 | 04:57 PM
Look at the fact, Rafa will be number 1 in 08/18/08 and till the rest of this year, and Rafa doesnt have many points to defend. It's an honor to be number 1, it doesnt matter how long to keep number 1, even 1 week, still number 1, a good player like that
08/03/2008 | 04:17 PM
Rog ,,,, u r amazing
I am going through your records and I am being amaized by what I see
u r a great player, u have changed the shape of the tennis. you have added your taste on every spot of world, keep it up Rog ,, we all still want to see u shattrin
08/03/2008 | 02:21 PM
Hey Champ!
Even if rafa gets the top rank you are still our number ONE and still the BEST. Always remember that. Continue playing well. You make tennis worth watching.
Stay healthy.
08/03/2008 | 01:40 PM
Roger u are the best player ever,plz stay focused u are better than rafa all u need is some fitness and training change ur coach and best of luck in the olympics.By THE WAy good luck birthday boy 8th of august is the best day eveeeer!!!!!!!
08/03/2008 | 01:28 PM
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08/03/2008 | 01:27 PM
Roger Happy Birthday for Friday, carrying the flag for your country will be very special. Hope you can do well in the tennis , think its time to re-assert yourself and show the world what a fantastic player you still are. You can regain the number one slo