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Taking the rivalry to a new level

31.01.2009 | Off Court

Sunday's match between Roger and Rafael Nadal will be their 19th encouter as professional tennis players. But the final of the Australian Open will take their rivalry to another level. The two have never met Down Under before. And it is the first time that Nadal will enter the court as world number one.

 

Roger has been defeated 12 times in 18 career meetings. The question now is whether Rafa can beat Roger on hard courts. This will be the Spaniard's first major final on the surface he has found hardest to master and on which Roger has ruled for five years. Roger won both matches they played on hard courts so far: 2006 and 2007 at the Tennis Masters in Shanghai. Our champ has won eight of his 13 Grand Slam titles on hard courts and has certainly proved that he is in great shape with impressive displays in Melbourne.

 

Roger is moving forward in many aspects of tennis history. With this weekend's final he is just one shiy of Ivan Lendl’s unprecedented 19 major final appearances. And a win would lift him into a tie with Pete Sampras for 14 Grand Slam titles. “It’s an unbelievable opportunity for me, not being No. 1 anymore, trying to beat No. 1 in the world and getting the 14th Grand Slam,” Roger said.

 

 
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01.02.2009 | 19:41
dear Roger
I'm sure you'll win next time. you played as better as Nadal even more better than him.
we're proud of you always.
Love you and best wishes for the next time
01.02.2009 | 16:53
AND JUST REMEMBER...
GOD SAYS WE ARE ALWAYS AT THE PLACE WE NEED TO BE AT ANY TIME. SO SHINE ON, BEAUTIFUL MAN AND DON'T LET ANYBODY MAKE YOU FEEL BAD BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU AND EVERYTHING WILL TURN OUT ALL RIGHT BABY.
01.02.2009 | 16:47
YOU MADE ME CRY
01.02.2009 | 16:47
YOU MADE ME CRY
01.02.2009 | 16:01
Roger Federer'll break the 14 gs-s. not reach. break it. it's fact of future. i feel it. matches like this at the end depends very very small things, very very small things. he's able to win RG too. just think about 06french final or 07 french final very
01.02.2009 | 15:52
dears fans

without courtesy federer dose not know how to play with nadal and muarry ,,nadal played by good way( focusing on federer's back hand )
even the serves on the back hand of federer but roger did not get any way to avoid this problem .. to ro
01.02.2009 | 15:39
i send you all my love and strength!!! stay strong Roger, every reaching of a gs final is a big thing, amazing performance!!!! and there'll be very many when you'll win!!!! amazing play and shots you did today too!!! you're a beautiful and real human and
01.02.2009 | 15:23
ROGER IT IS TRUE THAT YOU LOST THE MATCH.

BUT WE FANS HAVE NOT GIVEN UP ON YOU!!!!!!

I HOPE TODAY'S MATCH AND LOSS BROUGHT YOU TO ANOTHER STAGE OF YOUR TENNIS LIFE. YOU CAN BLOW OFF THE WORLD AGAIN!
01.02.2009 | 15:14
Roger you'll be able to win not 14 but more!!!! don't be sad. bár én is könnyeztem. unbelievable strongness you've and you'll have very many opportunities to win grand slams most nagyobb szomorúságot érzek mint a Safin ellen videóról vagy tavaly. Roger pl
01.02.2009 | 15:11
We will proud of you forever!
we trust you and we all believe you are the best!~
It's not important for the result of the match
You can GROW UP in the match,can't you?
FIGHT ON! ROGER!
YOU CAN DO IT!~
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!~