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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 | 12:47 AM
El único que necesita darse cuenta que aún eres el mejor y que sólo estás descansando de tu tenis brillante porque así lo necesitás sos vos. Nosotros ya lo sabemos. No necesitamos que un ranking lo diga. Despierta cuando tu quieras y sé feliz.
08/03/2008 | 12:41 AM
Roger...stay positive...you still are ROGER FEDERER and have all the shots. Now you just need to believe in yourself and fight fight fight for every point.
We love you.
Your fan in Texas,
08/03/2008 | 12:32 AM
Bu sezon hicte iyi degiliz US OPEN'i kazanamazsak bu sezon federer icin bitmis olacak FEDERER kariyerinin en kötü senesini yasamakta 1.lik nadal'a gitmek üzere gittide sayilir bir efsaneye hic yakismayacak bir sezon ama herzaman FEDERER'in yanindayim
08/03/2008 | 12:12 AM
You had your time, now it's Nadal to shine. The history keeps writing: Pete Sampras -> Lleyton Hewitt -> Roger Federer -> Rafael Nadal.

You are not left far away, but you need to delever at crutial time. Nowadays it happened again and again you failed
08/03/2008 | 12:10 AM
Dear Roger,

So sorry about your loss. I really feel for you at the moment. It was unfortunate you had to play Karlovic in an early round of the draw, a very difficult opponent to contend with given his height and big serve. You are and always will b
08/02/2008 | 11:46 PM
loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooser you are not number one wh? why?why? COME plz you are the best ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
08/02/2008 | 11:31 PM
For those people who come here to support Nadal. Please get a life! This place is for people who love and understand Art. Let Nadal win a few more. His nightmare begins next year. Becoming # 1 is very difficult, but staying there requires infinitely more
08/02/2008 | 11:22 PM
08/02/2008 | 11:17 PM
U R always our Champ
whatever it happend
don't worry.... 4 us U R #1 always....
good luck dear Roge
08/02/2008 | 11:16 PM
Really, I don´t think that Nadal can maintain the #1 for a long time because his style is based on physical strengh and on running very quickly. It doesn´t seem that a normal human being -I mean not a extraterrestrial- can consume so a huge amount of ener