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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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05/18/2010 | 12:59 PM
What a pity! Still, a great improvement on last week, and that must encourage you going into the French. Very best of luck!
05/18/2010 | 12:10 PM
your serve deserted you in crucial points...if you serve well at FO you'll definitely retain the french crown!!!
05/18/2010 | 12:08 PM
So close,soo close Roger, your wave of succes is growing and getting stronger and higher. Wish you lots of joy and happynezzxx
05/18/2010 | 11:51 AM

The reason Nadal has won most of your close duels is because he's better at converting break points than you. Have a look at your stats this season (from the atp website): -

Break Points Saved:
Nadal is ranked # 1 (73% in 35 matches)
05/18/2010 | 11:38 AM
Hard luck champ, but you are coming into form just at the right time. Go get Rafa at R.G. Lots of Luck. You are no.1.
05/18/2010 | 10:09 AM
good game roger.. , rafa isn't better than you... but you gave him the chance in the critical time.. you should get more wild next time.. good luck in RG.
05/18/2010 | 06:57 AM
its not too bad eventhough you failed to defend your title..your achievement to be a finalist is a great comforts...rafa played very well but luck is not there with you.,clay is your least favorite surface and thats the difference bet.with you and rafa..
05/18/2010 | 06:30 AM
You're great this week.You played very well but because you're not lucky.Best wishes for the French Open.
Love you forever,always be your fan and support you.
05/18/2010 | 06:06 AM
I hope you good Róg. I just wanted to say that u played good, but you wasted too many oportunities :( but still and no matter what happen, you'll BE THE BEST TENNIS PLAYER EVER. We all your real fans are gonna support you forever.
05/18/2010 | 05:54 AM
Dear Rog -- I thought you looked magnificent and were wonderfully composed. I like Rafa but I like you better -- good luck in the French. You are an elegant role model -- Thank you.
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