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Roger defeated in final

16.05.2010 | Tennis

Roger was unable to defend his Madrid title today. In a remake of last year's final, Roger was defeated in straight sets 4-6, 6-7(5) by Rafael Nadal this time.

Both players dropped serve early in the first set before Nadal broke to lead 4-3 and went on to bring the set home, even though Roger had quite a few chances of swinging it around. In the second set, Nadal claimed a tightly contested tiebreaker after two breaks of serve each. All in all, Roger even scored one more point than Rafa (46:45), but was not at his best during the critical phases of the match, simply committing too many errors. 

But our champ certainly showed that he is more than ready for the French Open which starts May 25.

 
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05/21/2010 | 05:37 PM
For what it's worth, some observations from 2010 Madrid Final:

You were getting more success when Rafa had to hit from the centre behind the baseline; he was passing you with ease (those ridiculous angled loopy drives) when you hit wide but not wide en
05/21/2010 | 06:26 AM
You'got a lot of unforced errors, wish you play better & more lucky at Grand slam!
05/21/2010 | 01:51 AM
Roger eres el mejor jugador de todos los tiempos te felicito pero los tiempos cambian RAFA NADAL THE BEST os merecéis los dos el #1
05/20/2010 | 11:52 AM
Stay positive and don't worry about the outcome at the French open.
Do your best.
We are happy watching you play on any surface.
05/20/2010 | 11:06 AM
Hi roger,
this is the first time i'm writing to you. You are the 1 for whom I watch tennis. When you'll retire i'll stop watching. Anyway what i analyzed about your match is that you are letting your opponent to win over you. And i think you are afraid o
05/20/2010 | 02:00 AM
Dearest Roger....congrats on a terrific tournament even though u didn't defend your title...let's focus on the upcoming French Open...best of luck....much love your biggest fan.
05/19/2010 | 07:25 PM
Hello CHAMP!
Well, you cannot win them all, although you did well particularly in the second set, after being one game down, it was a shame the break did not bring the results you wanted to force a decider, still you have had your practice for the next G
05/19/2010 | 04:08 PM
You played very well but you wasn't lucky as a friend of ours said. Your serve performance in first set was very good and you showed that you're getting ready for RG day by day. And that's nice to see it. I hope,we'll see you while you're lifting the RG c
05/19/2010 | 01:36 PM
Bad luck Rog!!!

You played well but unfortunately couldn't come with the win. There were a fair few unforced errors by both you and Nadal but I loved your drop shots at the end.

Although you didn't win, you seemed to get your form back and you look
05/19/2010 | 01:27 PM
You played very well you are improving on clay match by match good luck for Roland Garros of course i know once again you are going to lift the trophy because you are the true champ good luck
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