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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 | 04:07 AM
Great post Gringo. I completely agree that all Roger's fans should copy his absolute grace and sportsmanship to his opponents. Isn't that why we are his fans, as well as him being so fantastic to watch? I don't like watching Nadal, but of course I know he
08/03/2008 | 03:27 AM
Dear Roger. You have been the number one for many time and you still are.

Best regards
08/03/2008 | 03:14 AM
nice post ""believe1"" you seem to grasp a bit of reality,... though i dont think he doesnt care,etc,or its physical,psycologically excuse the spelling if its wrong lol, is all in sport,and as you said the "greatest sportsman of all time"had to change,alb
08/03/2008 | 02:51 AM
hey Rog

jokovich has stopped Nadal today..U still no 1
ypu have to gain ,ore point in China then so you have to win the two coming masters champions then you will be no 1 again Rog
please do please grap your self back its u Federer it is the king F
08/03/2008 | 02:45 AM
Don't lose heart yet Roger. All great players have had their streaks broken, and you are going through a lean patch just like so many of them. Please regroup your energies, work harder on your game and you will emerge victorious very soon. You have been n
08/03/2008 | 02:44 AM
very well done to the joker,he played extremely well and deserves his place in the final! should be a great final!! predictions anyone??
08/03/2008 | 01:59 AM
Three more majors Roger, three more ,come on man we love and we support not because u r n:1 it's because u r A TRUE WORLD CLASS ACT., let's go roger let's go... let's go roger let's go... let's go roger let's go...
08/03/2008 | 01:45 AM
Roger, don't be disappointed, this time has to come. Though please look apon the future, you still have time to proof yourself! I'll come and see you at the olympics!
08/03/2008 | 01:38 AM
Please, let's end the denial. Of course, Roger is, and always will be, our champion. The fact is, our champion is having a problem with his game---one that he seems uninterested in addressing. It's not bad luck. His game simply must be adjusted, and it is
08/03/2008 | 12:52 AM
Que pasa con Federer, Cómo justificar tan pobres actuaciones en el transcurso de éste año; será el Final de su Brillante carrera.
Que podemos esperar de él en las Olimpiadas, lo poco que ha dado éste año, o un brillante despertar. Somos muchos los que e