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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 | 07:09 PM
Hey champ, don't worry, get next time; try to focus on your next tournement.
03/18/2010 | 07:08 PM
Bravo jamiechin!!
03/18/2010 | 06:51 PM
hi ROG
GOD BLESS YOU , I ALWAYS PRAY FOR U sorry for your loss....But no problem at all ...I know that you will come back strong at Miami and win the SONY ERICKSON OPEN...Go ROGER!!!!!!!!! GOD WITH YOU
03/18/2010 | 06:35 PM
unfortunately do not worry you can return back you are the best in the world.
03/18/2010 | 06:25 PM
Don't worry about it Roger! Like you said, these things happen from time to time. It's only your first tournament back after a long break so you're bound to be a bit rusty. All the best for Miami next week! Keep working hard!
03/18/2010 | 06:18 PM
JJ & Jamiechin, thanks for the posts.

The reporters have to use their poetic license to exaggerate a bit to boost their readership. So don't mind them too much. Baghdatis is an atypical player. He reached the finals at a GS before ever winning an AT
03/18/2010 | 06:07 PM
**jamiechin** P.17

You are just wonderful, what a poem ! You are genius like Roger ! Thank you ! I feel much better now ! ^^
03/18/2010 | 05:38 PM
returnoftheking***At last you are beginning to make some sense of the messages you have posted on Roger's site. Congratulations. Keep it up!
03/18/2010 | 04:59 PM
Well, here we are again, the usual debates in here keeping the world "balanced"..:P Just got down to writing again as I was recovering from a state of "writer's block" myself...lol..chins up, Rogerholics!! All will be fine..:))

One loss from Roger, t
03/18/2010 | 04:53 PM
Come on Roger! Wells indians and step ... Now concentrate on Miami! :)