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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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03/18/2010 | 10:03 PM
Dear Roger,
Seemed as you were still a bit under the weather for this one. Also you needed to pick up the new hardware for the cabinet. Hope you are feeling better and stay well for FO as I think, just guessing, your goal this year is to get a calender
03/18/2010 | 08:48 PM
no problem!!
03/18/2010 | 08:40 PM
Very sorry you lost to Bagdatis, but you played well and had some fantastic shots. I also want to say how much I enjoyed the hit for Haiti. The match was truly a pleasure to watch. Rog you are definetly the greatest ever. Look forward to Miami. Take c
03/18/2010 | 08:12 PM
Well Roger. I have a two sided view of your loss. On one hand I understand that it is very hard to come to be on top form after a 6 week hiatus. On the other hand I hope that you will be able to shut those that claim that from this year on you will save y
03/18/2010 | 08:05 PM
**returnoftheking,p.12
I agree with every single word you said ... it's a nice change for you .. seeing the positives, and very true. I never thought Roger will get too far in this tournament because of his obvious lack of match play. This does not mak
03/18/2010 | 07:51 PM
Dear JJ
You don't stop to surprise me! Your words are wonderful. I found myself in the other group, of nervous fans, but big ones, and great friends. Only I must agree, we all need some booster dose of positivity. You have a lot of this stuff. Thank you
03/18/2010 | 07:45 PM
The warm sunny weather
awaits you here, hope to
see you soon in Miami!
03/18/2010 | 07:33 PM
I forgot to say CONGRATULATIONS on having won the three throphies again. Now, that's big. I am so proud of you. You just are something else, a ray of loving sunshine in this world.
love you.
marie in mtl
03/18/2010 | 07:32 PM
**Mitz

Yes I also like Thereturnoftheking** last post. it is a nice surprise

Best for all

Pollerer
03/18/2010 | 07:25 PM
Roger, Dear,
my heart was breaking for you when you were so close... You played very well with delightful shots. I am so happy to have watched the game twice and was cheering for you as loud as I could ....
Thank you for your great effort. You'll f