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Roger loses tough fight in Basel

08.11.2009 | Tennis

Novak Djokovic ended Roger's run of three straight titles at the Swiss Indoors in Basel. Even an enthusiastic Basel crowd did not manage to push Roger to victory today; he eventually lost 4-6, 6-4, 2-6 in the final.

 

"I thought I missed plenty of opportunities. I'm not looking for excuses. He played tough and he played well when he had to, and saved a ton of break points that were crucial," Roger said. He is now 59-9 this year after losing only his third match since May.

 

The first set ended in a thrilling last game, when Roger earned himself a total of five break points in a game that lasted 24 minutes. In the second set, our champ spectacularly came back from one break down to win the set, the crowd stamping and clapping in joy. But unfortunately Roger could not keep up the great run and saw himself fall back to 0-4 in the deciding set. Djokovic closed out the victory after Roger could not profit from three break points.

 

Roger will now travel on to Paris, where he will compete in the BNP Paribas Masters this coming week.

 
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11/09/2009 | 11:09 AM
Don't worry Rog!! Its perfectly fine! It was your first tournament after a break! But we all know you're gonna win many more!
11/09/2009 | 11:09 AM
****modesti****
How can you write like this? Roger should have not made such a long break (6 weeks), he is not in a good form. I don't understand real fan of his writing like you or the others. ' It doesn't matter Roger, you played well, you'll succeed n
11/09/2009 | 11:07 AM
Commiserations Rog!

Never mind...you tried soo hard but it just wasn't meant to be this time!!

Don't worry you'll come back next year fighting and win it!!

Try to relax a bit now before you go straight into the Paris tournament.

All the best i
11/09/2009 | 11:07 AM
***laiali*** P.9

I loved your post--thank you--full of love,admiration , respect everything for our champion,Roger.
Some appear to be more worried about Roger's losses other than feeling happy that his health both mentally and physically is OK .

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11/09/2009 | 11:06 AM
Dear Roger
Sorry you did not win ...... especially in front of your home crowd. How they love you and support you - unreal, but, I know you, you will win again and again. Great game. Novak had very difficult matches on his way to final.
Good luck in
11/09/2009 | 11:02 AM
You are still the best tennis player in my heart!
Hope you can win BNP Paribas Masters next week!
We will cheer for you.
Play your best.
11/09/2009 | 10:59 AM
this is not the end of the world. We believe you can learn from this loss and come back stronger soon. Please believe in yourself, we are always behind you. With much love from kazakhstan.
11/09/2009 | 10:59 AM
this is not the end of the world. We believe you can learn from this loss and come back stronger soon. Please believe in yourself, we are always behind you. With much love from kazakhstan.
11/09/2009 | 10:58 AM
Let's be honest about this match. The plain truth is that the groundstroke timing went very haywire. Not enough extension along the line of the ball on the forehand, too much body twist. A couple of long hitting sessions before your first Paris match are
11/09/2009 | 10:49 AM
For sure it isnt the end of the world, actually there were many unforced erroes ( 30 ) but otherwise rogi you were the dominant one and i think the match is fantastic..... glad to see you again after 6 weeks .... dont worry
we are always with you

Lo