Roger Federer lost in Rome semifinal

Roger's quest for back-to-back claycourt titles was ended by a 2-6, 6-7(4) defeat in the semi-final in Rome against Novak Djokovic.

Roger was broken twice in the opening set in their first encounter since the US Open last year. Roger was constantly under pressure and could not keep up with Djokovic's pace in the rallies. After falling a break back in the second set as well, Roger started to play more aggressively, varying his game and broke back after saving a match point. But in the following tie-break, Djokovic made the crucial points to win the match and book a spot in the final against Rafael Nadal.

Federer said he was feeling tired having won the title in Madrid last weekend but admitted he had been outplayed.

"I thought he played very, very well," he said. "He's not the number one in the world for no reason."

"I had a couple of chances in the second set but couldn't take them."

"But I would have taken my results from these two weeks, so I am very happy going into Paris."

"The love showed by the crowd to Roger Federer on today's match is priceless & unforgettable." said Pete Sampras.

Date: 20.05.2012, Source: RF Official & Reuters


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