Roger defeated by Hewitt

Roger had to accept a 6-3, 7-6(4), 4-6 defeat against Lleyton Hewitt today.

Roger showed a strong start in Halle today. He took a 40-0 lead on Hewitt's serve during the second set, but did not manage to use the chance given. From that point on he was no longer able to score on the important points, eventually losing the final in three sets. "We've known each other for years and once played doubles together in Wimbledon and I always looked up to him," Roger said going into the match. "It is something special to play against him."

Roger had not lost a match at Halle since 2002, winning the title five times, and had beaten Hewitt in their last 15 showdowns. But he simply committed too many unforced errors today. Nevertheless, Roger profited from an entire week of preparation on grass and is ready for Wimbledon starting in a week.

Federer said he remained confident ahead of Wimbledon, which starts June 21.

“I was unfortunate not to come through today, but the loss here does not worry me in any way,” said Federer, the six-time Wimbledon champion. “I thought it was a good tournament for me. I have got to ensure I draw the right conclusions for Wimbledon.”

“Roger is a great player and a great champion and every time you step on court against him, you are the underdog on every surface,” Hewitt said. “(But) it doesn’t matter how big a favorite you are. He still only has two arms and two legs.”

Federer will return to Switzerland for a few days before going after a seventh title at Wimbledon.

Date: 13.06.2010, Source: RF Official and AP


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