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Roger loses third round match

17.03.2010 | Tennis

Roger suffered a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(4) defeat against Marcos Baghdatis at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.


"It was one of those matches that just happens," Roger said. "I didn't play terrible. It just happens. I was doing many things right, but then the next thing you know, I'm stuck in a third set and you never know what's going to happen. It was a decent match but maybe wrong choices at the wrong time for me."


Roger certainly had his chances with a total of three match points, two of which came at 5-4 of the second set, when he took a 15-40 lead on Baghdatis' serve but fired first a forehand and then a backhand long and Baghdatis went on to hold serve and even the set. Baghdatis broke our champ in the next game and then held serve to take the set. The last time Roger surrendered a match after holding at least one match point was in the 2006 Rome final, against Rafael Nadal.


Roger took a 3-1 lead in the third set with a break in the fourth game, but Baghdatis - whose head-to-head record against Federer includes a loss in the 2006 Australian Open final - broke back in the seventh game, setting up the break with a blistering cross-court winner before Roger netted a forehand.


The next tournament on Roger's schedule is the Sony Ericsson which starts on March 22nd in Miami.

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03/19/2010 | 06:04 PM
By the way, Roger, we do miss you playing, not to put any pressure on you. Hope you'll build up to full stamina and focus soon.
03/19/2010 | 05:10 PM
Dear Roger
I didn't watch the match, but I read the comments here! It's enough for me, because I believe some fans who said that you played well. So, you needed only luck!!!! And there was no luck! I hope that with God's help, good luck and your good per
03/19/2010 | 03:42 PM
dont worry for this match it is a casually lose
03/19/2010 | 02:40 PM
Dear Roger - I was only able to watch the highlights just now of the match and you played really well - some of those points were just amazing. And Baghdatis played really well too. You were very close to winning that match several times. It was just b
03/19/2010 | 02:10 PM
Dear Roger,
I'm really sad to see you go out so early in IW. I enjoyed watching you and your prowess in your games. I thought, in that red shirt and dark shorts , you cut out a delightful figure and i wanted to see more of that. Such a waste you had to
03/19/2010 | 12:26 PM
c'est absolument pas grave, Roger.
essaie juste de te reposer et recuperer. la pneumonie est vicieuse, fatigue, ... a tres tres bientot (le 24-25). lots of love.
03/19/2010 | 11:59 AM
Never mind, Rogi.
Don't worry about this lost, it was tough match, but you fought well.
I think next tournament will be better for you:)))
And don't forget that I'm your fan and I will be with you forever.I love you much:)))
I send you sweet greeting
03/19/2010 | 10:42 AM
Hey fans,

I think Roger spoiled us. We assume that Roger will always win. Hello! Roger is only human not a machine. As what I'd read some of us are hurt that Roger lost. Be reasonable, Roger just came from sickness - lung infection. He played be
03/19/2010 | 10:32 AM
its ohkk.....u jus keep working hard da way u do...dats all.. we are here to support u all da way ....till da end.....come on rogerrrrr.....muahhhhhhhh..
03/19/2010 | 07:21 AM
Hey, rogi, haven't been in contact for a while. Great that u are awarded with triple trophies off court! Tremendous achievement!
Looking forward to seeing you in Miami !
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