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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 | 10:04 AM
Hi Rog, A disappointment for you. I think you were under a lot of pressure, as you love playing at your home base. But still it's a good warming up for the next tournaments ahead. Good luck in Paris.
11/09/2009 | 09:57 AM
Oh well never mind Rogi !!!! There's always a next time !
On to Paris now !!!
11/09/2009 | 09:56 AM
I have been very sad since yesterday but I know how tough it was. The enthusiastic crowd in Basel is greatly admired by all....I was much impressed. It is hard to find such a disciplined and cheerful crowd! Hope to see you in perfect shape in Paris (^.
11/09/2009 | 09:51 AM
Hey, roger, not to worry!!
Just be stronger and better next year!!!!!
Wish u all the best in Paris and London and try to finish number one this year!!!
We will always be there cheering for u, our great champ and man@@
11/09/2009 | 09:49 AM
11/09/2009 | 09:42 AM
Sorry for your loss, but hey, we are going to Paris now. So good luck!
11/09/2009 | 09:41 AM
Losing any final is tough, but Roger played an amazing tournament, and his home town should be proud to have created such a man. We cannot expect perfection in every match. The stats show us that RF wins lots more matches than he loses. So the losses m
11/09/2009 | 09:34 AM
good morning roger
ok you missed the title but you did your best and that is that counts

good luck in paris

love and support always...
11/09/2009 | 09:32 AM
Kia Ora Roger,
Not to worry Roger I kinda had a feeling that you would need a tournament or two to get yourself on track again, so just pleased that you got to the final. Keep plodding away at your game and I'm sure you''ll be in fine form to be competit
11/09/2009 | 09:27 AM
roger , plz plz plz plz take this title ........... you are not in stress , you almost warranted to take year end No.1 in south africa ranking + YTD ranking ........ plz federer we don't want to see you loosing finals ..... take your 17th in masters .....