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Nadal too strong for Roger

04.03.2006 | Tennis

Roger's ATP Tour-record 56-match hardcourt winning streak was stopped this Saturday in Dubai. He could not stop Rafael Nadal, losing the thrilling final 6-2, 4-6, 4-6.

 

Roger, the winner in Dubai the last three years, had not lost a hardcourt match since falling to eventual champion Marat Safin in the 2005 Australian Open semifinals. Nadal, who was playing in just his second tournament since October because of foot and thigh injuries, improved to 3-1 against Roger. The Spanish teenage sensation defeated him in four sets in last year's French Open semifinals en route to claiming his first Grand Slam title.

 

Nadal was two games away from losing before breaking Roger in the ninth game of the second set, then holding to level the match. The lefthander broke Federer in the opening game of the second set before the Swiss star countered with a break three games later. But at 4-4, Nadal broke one final time, then held to close out the match.

 

"Rafa was simply too good today. I am happy with my performance here in Dubai," were Rogers words after the final.

 

Roger was playing in his ninth straight final.  He had gone 7-1 in his previous eight, with the only loss coming to David Nalbandian in the year-end Tennis Masters Cup last November.

 

Despite the loss, Roger is an amazing 113-5 since losing to Tomas Berdych in the second round of the 2004 Olympics.  He had been 16-0 this year, including earning the Australian Open title for his seventh Grand Slam.

 
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03/10/2006 | 06:44 AM
ROGER,
DON'T WORRY ABOUT THAT!
EVERY ONE HAVE FAILING!IT'S JUST THE GAME!YOU MUST KEEP HEALTHY,NEXT COMMING IS FRENCH OPEN!!
WE ALL WANT TO SEE U GET THE TITLE IN ROLAN GARROS!
BEST WISH...
03/10/2006 | 06:20 AM
hi roger how r u
uare forever the best no one is better than u as a person and as a player indian wells title is ur i am sure about this good luckl for indian wells
love u
03/09/2006 | 11:15 PM
Hello dearest!Pretty late,but not opportunity before,i didn't even watch the game,I just saw some part of it..I don't know what went wrong,maybe you are not 100% ready,maybe too much stressed,maybe something else..you have to find out as soon as possible
03/09/2006 | 10:09 PM
Hey Rog!!

You still number 1!! You can defeat every players...and you will can defeat Rafa too sooner or later, but if you keep losing with him remember we love you the same!!! =)
03/09/2006 | 05:54 PM
the following game is more important.

Good Luck
03/09/2006 | 05:25 PM
dear roger,we learn lessons and write exams. imagine,u have learnt 3 lessons about beating rafael.so write ur test well at roland garros.i am waiting for the best results.always waiting to see u win.
with love,meryl
03/09/2006 | 10:52 AM
Sir Roger,

You gave me heartaches, you made me cry. You made my whole week down. But isn't it funny. I still love you no matter what. See you next time. Take care and Pray always. Love you Sir...
03/09/2006 | 08:38 AM
Dear Roger,
I know you must fell really upset and sad,of corse my be you not.If the truth is that,I'll be really happy!You are the hero in my heart,and for every body who love you!you must be really brave and .... In fact it's enough!Come on and go on Ro
03/09/2006 | 08:21 AM
Though you were lost but you are still no.1 for us. I'm very glad to hear that you laughed with Nadal after the match,how gentle you are! I believe that you can defeat him next time :-)
03/09/2006 | 07:02 AM
Dear Roger,
This reaction of mine is rather late, I had to think a while about your final and "digest" it.
My heart stood still when I watched you play in the 3rd set. I am sure you know what it is all about, even if it perhaps sometimes only afterward
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