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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 | 01:20 PM
There is a justice sometimes.
Thanks to Djokovic, you'll celebrate your next birthday still #1, with the flag of your country in your hands at the Olympic games.
You, the most sporty of all players, worth it.
Recharge your mind batteries and you'll b
08/03/2008 | 11:53 AM
CAMPIONE.....NOI SAREMO SEMPRE CON TE....VINCIAMO L'ORO.....E FACCIAMO VEDERE A TUTTI CHI è IL RE DEL TENNIS
08/03/2008 | 11:36 AM
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08/03/2008 | 11:08 AM
Some great posts have been writen up here. Im glad that some fans see this situation serious, at least for us who love to watch great tennis from great player. I dont want to watch DVDs of Roger winning Wimbledon 03,...,07 I want to see him win live in 09
08/03/2008 | 11:01 AM
guys nadal lost to djokovich.....does it make a difference??
08/03/2008 | 10:21 AM
Roger,
Never loose your belief and enthusiasm. There is nobody out there who can reaach your level. Look what Djokovic did to Nadal. You are much much better than them.

Your beeing number 2 is opening another challenge in your career. Can you come ba
08/03/2008 | 10:05 AM
well,rafa lost to djokovic,sighh not much of a consolation,but theres always hope!
cmon show em in beijing and at flushing meadows!
08/03/2008 | 07:48 AM
Hi, Scube,

I have seen some of the negative astrological forecasts for Roger's career, and it does seem right now that they are coming true. This year has been difficult with the solar eclipse in February opposite Roger's Sun, showing problems in heal
08/03/2008 | 07:00 AM
Its been a tough few months. Hang in there! I dont have much doubt that you will be number one again. Have a great Olympics and a very happy birthday on the 8th!!
08/03/2008 | 06:33 AM
WE HAVE BELIEF IN YOU!