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Roger has to pass on his US Open crown

15.09.2009 | Tennis

Roger was not able to extend his collection of Grand Slam titles to 16 today. He was defeated by Juan Martin del Potro in the final of the U.S. Open 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-7(5), 2-6.

 

In warm but slightly windy conditions, Roger started perfectly. At 5-4 and 30-0 in the second set, he was just two points away from a two sets to love lead. But the Argentinian suddenly stepped it up and after getting back to 30-30, he ripped a brilliant forehand pass down the line to set up a break point. The ball was initially called wide but always looked good with the naked eye and Hawk-Eye agreed as Del Potro won the challenge. Roger did not agree at all as he had seen the ball land next to the line. Roger started having more and more problems with his service and wasn't able to use this weapon in critical moments, cumulating a total of 11 double faults. Del Potro played a strong match, probably returning better than the players that had challenged Roger in the previous rounds. Del Potro was allowed a challenge after both players were near their seats in the third set, much to Roger's dislike. Our champ came out firing after that, but unfortunately wasn't able to keep it up. After claiming the third set, del Potro won a tiebreaker in the fourth and broke Roger in the second game of the fifth set.

 

 
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09/21/2009 | 03:24 AM
It was great match. You were very close to winning. But for a poor serving day, you would probably have won I think.
09/21/2009 | 02:16 AM
At this point, your season was great, greater than ever:- does'nt matter that Nadal was not been able to defend his victory in Paris;you beat him in Monte Carlo. -AND, a true Champion says that he miss his best rival, Nadal, like you said in Paris.
Wim
09/21/2009 | 01:08 AM
Dear Mr. Federer and fellow fans,

I followed some of this match at work on usopen.org radio. I came home just in time to watch the last half of the 5th set. It appears from people who saw all of the match that you lost your cool at the umpire. The umpi
09/20/2009 | 11:43 PM
You are the best!Your serve,bad,but it is life,some you win,some not.You are the greatest!In this match we saw a "real face" of Del Potro.Nobody can tell you to be quiet!Good luck for rest of season!Come on Roger!
09/20/2009 | 11:23 PM
Sorry about the loss, though it was disappointing, a big congratulations to you for playing a great final and a wonderful tournament. Like you said " You can't win them all" and of course the better player for the day should deservedly win the title which
09/20/2009 | 10:57 PM
Don't worry Roger.
You've already made the history!!!!!!

And remember: "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two Impostors
just the same...."

See you next year, Grand Slams!!!!!
09/20/2009 | 08:52 PM
You are every inch a champion. Your graceful acceptance showed your grace and courage. I hope you are able to have time to cherish your family.
09/20/2009 | 08:52 PM
You are every inch a champion. Your graceful acceptance showed your grace and courage. I hope you are able to have time to cherish your family.
09/20/2009 | 08:19 PM
Dear King FedEx,
U rocked mate.. Dont worry..
This is just a blip..
U already had a wonderful year.. Keep
enjoying with ur twins and mirka and have a
much needed break.. Recharge and blast the
rest of the season as well.. Next year will al
09/20/2009 | 07:43 PM
you still and will still the best player in game history you can won the 20 grand slam shampionship go reoger in your way
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