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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 | 04:24 AM
Good job Roger!
i wish i had been there to watch. The game went very well anyway, and i'm glad you're such a gentleman! Good luck at the Pacific Life Open! I know you will win!
03/08/2006 | 02:34 AM
to the one who made comparison b/w Roger & Pete.
Just remember that with the type of game Roger had, he can easily beat all those guys you have listed , from Mc Enroe, Agassi, Borg, Becker,etc. etc. . . . they are no match to Rogers's game, even Pete Sa
03/08/2006 | 02:29 AM
Thank you for the lovely email that you sent to Roger 07/03/2006, especially the last few lines--words used were great.
03/07/2006 | 10:50 PM
good game roger. you played good but not your best. you need to beat nadal, he's among the few who have beat you most in your career. anyways, i hope you beat nadal soon and that nobody stands in your way in the grand slams. good luck
03/07/2006 | 09:19 PM
Roger isnt that intersting u lost the match but you still won the hearts.Foret about it and look forward.best wishes for you.
03/07/2006 | 09:12 PM
Dear Sir, last day you created for Nadal your third real miracle... In our country, they say: “Three is the Right of God,.. and no more!” So I believe, hope and deeply wish that it was your lost loose against him. For the future, please be less miraculous
03/07/2006 | 08:24 PM
Roger is the best and I believe this result is an anomaly which Roger will soon remedy. Go Roger, relax and play your tennis and all will be fine!!
03/07/2006 | 05:30 PM

Lache pas ! J'aimerais que tu gagne Roland Garros, Winbledon, US Open et Masters Championship ; mais n'importe comment : en battant chaque fois Nadal en finale pour lui montrer qui est le meilleur !
En passant , j'espère que tu va venir à Tor
03/07/2006 | 04:11 PM
Roger I'am sorry for the match and for lose the championship. But don`t worry you are and you will be the best of the best in this sport and your condition of number one in the world no sufer changes for a long long time.
Good luck and win the pacific li
03/07/2006 | 04:07 PM
Hi Roger,
Must be really hard being you- and hat's off to how fantastically you handle it! All this fuss about ur H2H vs Nadal is quite silly- you guys haven't played often enough so pls dont let it get into your head like a ghost. Considering all that y
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