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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 | 06:56 AM
Roger the Great,

I am so sad that you lost the match. You were so close from winning the match so many times but it did not happen, that hurts.

It is always so much happiness to watch you play. Your five set win in 2005 Miami Final against Nadal i
03/19/2010 | 05:16 AM
this is what happens when you slack off even a little! everyone on the tour has the abilities to win if given the breaks.(they're all hungry!!!)even it is just to beat you!
03/19/2010 | 04:59 AM
never mind, Roger! you did play well. it just happens! anyway, Baghdatis was out as well. i think, he was just lucky that day. see you in Sony Ericsson. good luck and God bless in your next tournament...take care!
03/19/2010 | 04:43 AM
it was quite disappointing....u lead in the third game...but u lost it at last...
03/19/2010 | 03:00 AM
Come to think of it, here's the truth, thereturnoftheking is a true blooded fedfanatic. I saw his comments in other site (i presume his a guy) defending roger to nadalites, et al... I just knew it... and i think i also knew his pseudoname in that site hah
03/19/2010 | 02:39 AM
ROGER WILL SEE YOU IN MIAMI,PLAY AS YOU DID IN AUSTRALIA WITH GREATNESS¡¡¡¡ROBERTO
03/19/2010 | 01:05 AM
Hear hear Margaret! I agree with you 100%. Roger is the best ever and I get cross with people who telll him how to play and what he should or should not have done... if they are so smart how come they are not No.1? As you say Roger gives his all
03/19/2010 | 12:17 AM
***Jamiechin P 17***

Thank you--so nice to read your post.
There are some on this site who know and appreciate what Roger has done as tennis player, for the sport of tennis and sport world wide. THEN there are millions world wide in all walks of life,
03/18/2010 | 11:17 PM
**Mounaque p 9** and** Dutch Lady ** p 11
Very helpful and balanced comments. I'm frustrated that we won't see Roger play again until next week, but I doubt if he really was 100% after 6 weeks off and losing some training time.
The press and commentat
03/18/2010 | 10:56 PM
Incredible! My post disappeared! I said: the Fed had a bad day. But doesn't matter. Bagdadis will soon be forgotten. and he will be able to talk to their grandchildren that once had the luck to beat Federer.
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