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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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09/19/2009 | 05:25 PM
You’re always the greatest in our hearts!
You'll Never Walk Alone.
Enjoy playing, enjoy living.
Life and sports always give us a another chance. M
09/19/2009 | 02:33 PM
Dear Roger, just want to let you know how much I have learnt from you since I start following you and all your tournaments. You are such an inspiration!!! A real living legend and a role model for peopel from all over the world. To this point, those rec
09/19/2009 | 02:18 PM
Roger,
Take it easy.At least,you have got all the titles and the seconds of Grand Slam.It's very wonderful.
You are the best.Come on!
09/19/2009 | 02:08 PM
Roger, you're the best, and you can win many GS yet.
09/19/2009 | 11:55 AM
the greatest in our hearts champ!!!
09/19/2009 | 11:40 AM
Dear Roger,

In the long run, you always are the greatest of all times.

Nobody can be perfect forever.

Err is human
forgive is divine
St Francois Assissi

There is positive insight in anything, this show that there is a lot of competition righ
09/19/2009 | 07:41 AM
no matter what happens, You are the greatest player for us here in the Philippines Roger!
09/19/2009 | 07:25 AM
for me.."YOU'RE STILL the champion in the US OPEN",eventhough you didn't get the title..you're still the winner....gud luck...god bless...that;s only a trial for you...gud luck to your next match..
09/19/2009 | 05:47 AM
roger, you are a winner, with or without a trophy
09/18/2009 | 11:01 PM
Sos el mejor rogerr..!! Un tropezon no es caida!! SOS UN IDOLOO!! hay muchos ATP por delant! IDOLOO!