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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 | 10:49 AM
Correction 3-2 for Djokovic against you this year.
How you feeling today? I hope better then yesterday.
You had extremely demanding year. First mounths of 2009 was bad, AO final was break-down, then Miami, Indian Wells, Rim, Monte Carlo, stop. Then wedd
11/09/2009 | 10:46 AM
don't worry Roger...you are always the best! You've beaten all the records. You are tennis!
Now go to Paris and beat them all! :)
Hope the best for you in the forthcoming tournaments. Always fan of yours! Always with you King!
Ciao and a great hug from
11/09/2009 | 10:42 AM
Its so sad but dont worry Roger.
u played after such a long break and lost in three sets!!!
u r no 1 in our hearts............
11/09/2009 | 10:30 AM
also "lailai' "TGrace" "Mitz" and many others for good posts. I love watching Roger play no matter what. It's disappointing to see him lose and not play his best but he is human. It surely wasn't the most fantastic display but no matter. There were fl
11/09/2009 | 10:26 AM
That's OK. Goodluck in Paris...
11/09/2009 | 10:25 AM
Nice post "Wompie" p. 9 and I agree. On to Paris now! Best of luck Roger!
11/09/2009 | 10:21 AM
I liked the fact that even though Roger missed a lot of chances, he stayed calm an relaxed. A few moths ago, he would have smashed the racquet. That's a nice (and well explicable) change in attitude.

P.S. Now he has another good reason to win in Paris
11/09/2009 | 10:12 AM
no worries Roger! You're always the best, on and outside the tennis court and then a loss, even a tough one, can be helpful! we all root for you Roger! Ale
11/09/2009 | 10:11 AM
Hold on,Roger!!!Being defeated in hometown is difficult,but you must go on and be prepared for Paris and London!
11/09/2009 | 10:05 AM
You need to change some things!!!