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Roger and Rafa showdown!

06.06.2008 | Tennis

2008 brings another major showdown in Roland Garros! Roger will play triple defending champion Rafael Nadal in the French Open final on Sunday. Our champ won 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 over unseeded Gaël Monfils in a three-hour thriller.

 

"He had a bad first game and I had a very good first set but then he stepped up into the court. It was very tight and I'm relieved," Roger said in a courtside interview.

 

Roger praised Monfils, whose athleticism and leaping can be best compared to a basketballer. Roger was clearly in charge in the first set but made too many unforced errors in the second. After Roger had taken home the third, the French youngster was sent sprawling to the clay as he attempted retrievals as Roger saved break points in the fourth set. But Roger made his intentions clear as he broke in the opening game in windy conditions under grey skies. Monfils was only the second unseeded player Roger had faced in 17 Grand Slam semi-finals the other was Jonas Björkman at Wimbledon two years ago.

 

Roger converted on seven of 15 break points, with 87 winners and 30 unforced errors in the high-voltage win in front of a Chatrier showcourt crowd which insisted on interrupting the proceedings with a Mexican wave before what was to be the final game as Monfils served to stay in it. Monfils broke on three of 13 occasions, almost matching the seed on winners (84) but producing 40 unforced errors.

 

It will be the third straight year that Roger and Nadal have met in the final at Roland Garros with Nadal winning the previous two. Nadal also defeated Roger in the 2005 semi-finals. Roger will be going for his 13th career Grand Slam title, one short of the record of 14 held by Pete Sampras. Nadal will have a shot at equaling Björn Borg as the only player to win four straight French Open titles. The Swede achieved that feat in 1981.

 
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08.06.2008 | 17:57
Dear Roger

I am so sad today.
But always I love you.
08.06.2008 | 17:57
FED's confidence is going to suffer even more, I don't think that FED will win any GSs this year with this type of performance in a GS Final!
I think the best he can hope for now is a top 5 finish this year! To secure #1 position is beyond him right now,
08.06.2008 | 17:53
Hey Roger!!!!

Don't mind of today's final... It was a hard defeat for you, and you won't believe me but I cried...I cried when you started talking about today's match...such words, such a personality...And I crashed, cause you have such a big heart tha
08.06.2008 | 17:51
i just finished watching the match, and unfortnately, it just wasn't roger's day today, but roger took that loss like a gentleman, and for that i take my hat off to him, it definitely has to be one of the toughest losses that he had to swallow. im feeling
08.06.2008 | 17:50
Roger
why you do this roger?
you who lost the match becouse of your falts you make.
good luck roger: but you make me cry and angery today.
08.06.2008 | 17:48
I am seriously tired of being positive. but now I am sure that roger's years are over. Nadal is improving so fast. and I think he will win the Wimbledon. I dont want Roger to be like Pete who sucked on clay and owned it on Grass. Roger though making into
08.06.2008 | 17:48

Dear Rogi,
you're our hero and we'll always support you...

You tried and you gave it all, we're sure, this is sport... You remain the BEST, you ARE number 1, and tomorrow a new season begins... on grass!!!!

We thank you again for the physical eff
08.06.2008 | 17:47
SAD
BUT U will beat Nadal at Rolland Garros
Because U r Roger Federer !
08.06.2008 | 17:46
It's fine, Roger!! You must be very upset now, so do i, nevertheless i still believe you can make it someday, it's far not over, you still have chances to achieve the title as long as you don't give up.

You don't have time to be upset, let's start to p
08.06.2008 | 17:44
ROGER isn't well and that seems on the court ...and nadal is the best at roland garros...i hope that roger is gonna win wibledon optherwise
he isn't WELL AT ALL