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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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09/20/2009 | 02:07 PM
roger, u r truly the greatest in our hearts !! dnt b disheartened...
Good luck for the rest of the season...
09/20/2009 | 07:03 AM
There is always a next time. I think you're still young and definitely playing at your best. Surely there will be more slams that you'll add to your 16. Go Roger!
09/20/2009 | 06:47 AM
So unused to seeing you carry on like that to an umpire. Know you dont like the system, but Del Potro conducted himself within the rules.
Im very disappointed that you lost, but more disappointed in your behaviour. You usually personify sportsmanship
09/20/2009 | 05:51 AM
I was having history class so i didn't get to see much of the match... but i kept refreshing my iPod to see the Live Scores on usopen.org.

Not a great loss... five sets right?
Not a big deal at all... Good luck next time =)

PS great year... 4 grand
09/20/2009 | 05:16 AM
Congratulations ROGER! Ur still the greatest! we believe in you! We'll pray for you always! Godbless roger! Let's win a calendar grand slam! You can do it!:D we'll be praying! Take care!
09/20/2009 | 03:53 AM
Dear Roger,

don't worry! In ours hearts you are always THE BEST!

I love you so much!

Thank you for the amazing tournament!

kiss,
09/19/2009 | 10:29 PM
DEAR ROGER:
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GREAT SEASON, I KNOW YOU CAN'T ALLWAYS WIN, BUT I AM SURE YOU CAN PLAY MUCH BETTER THAT YOU DID AGAINST DEL POTRO, IT DOESN'T CHANGE THAT YOU ARE MY NUMBER ONE FOREVER,
JUST KEEP WORKING AND ENJOY
09/19/2009 | 10:24 PM
Fed: no matter you did not win because you are the best :)
I love you so much my champ! :)
Kisses for mirka and your babys
09/19/2009 | 10:18 PM
Always with you, no matters what, no matters WHO...!! Teresa from Argentina
09/19/2009 | 10:07 PM
Champions are not numbers and stastistic, champions is chapions hart as your Roger, remembr thet and gud luck!
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