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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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03/08/2006 | 10:08 PM
Hi Roger. I would like to say that no matter what unpolite people write we will always be your fans and they can go to heeeellllll!!!!!!!!!!!!. You are the best tennis player and no doubts you deserve to be the number one and for many, many years. I know
03/08/2006 | 05:38 PM
Lovely lovely Rogi!

I could not look a match - simply was mad for excitement.
That your parents feel , Mirka feel, and thousand share to not pass...

But in my heart there is more tenderness…

I am absolutely precisely sure, that I shall applaud
03/08/2006 | 05:26 PM
Good luck in the next tourney Roger.
You are absolutely fabulous, do not forget that...
03/08/2006 | 04:26 PM
Hi roger,

Sorry for lose but nadal played way to good like you said on the day. To me he had alot more to prove being injured for so long, but thats not to say that you didn't play well you did but you still seemed to lose your concentration again in t
03/08/2006 | 02:55 PM
we kno u're the best rogi (no matter what) - i'm sure u'll get nadal at rolland garros!
03/08/2006 | 02:33 PM
In spite of having a spanish nationality, I am one of your loyal fans. I am a veteran follower of tennis and I like very much your way of playing and your fair play. That´s why I am very happy when you win.
I think you are a more brilliant and talented p
03/08/2006 | 02:23 PM
Hey Roger,
I was really sad when it was flashed on the news channel that Nadal had beaten you. You were playing so great in the first set, and hence, I really don't understand the loss. Anyway, taking the law of averages, I think this loss has only bette
03/08/2006 | 02:13 PM
Dear Roger,
It's difficult to win always and the other players are checking on you to find a way to win.
So no wonder you would lose sometimes.
But I wonder if you are coming to Japan sometime!

Best wishes,
03/08/2006 | 01:23 PM
Roger,it's a great match for all tennis fans all over the world.
Much as I had been upset for a whole day after the match,I was always in great confidence that you'd surely be the champion of next tounament and ahead.
Go ,Roger!
03/08/2006 | 11:25 AM
Hughsie
Thank you for your kindly appreciation, I'm so honoured.
I would also celebrate you and all women in this World Women's Day.
Loves and regards...
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