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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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03/07/2006 | 02:30 PM

GOOOOOOOO .. FEDERER

all .. we love you

in KSA

... I LOVE YOU .. ROAA ..
03/07/2006 | 12:51 PM
Dear Roger
I am a big fan of yours. I saw the game against Nadal, well there has to be winners and losers, but to me you are a winner always, and this was only one game, infacat the way you played the first set, it was unbelievable, sheer class, Nadal i
03/07/2006 | 09:24 AM
my dear, roger
i'm sorry not to read the message from...
coise_brian before i sent u my mail. i agree with 'huakaisin' and 'sebas_federer' mails.
to coise_brian, i really hate u, please get out
from roger's fan immediately, we don't want u to join us
03/07/2006 | 09:03 AM
i'm again. my dear roger
i feel mad with coise_brian cos i've just read his after i sent u my message.
i agree with 'haukaisin' and 'sebas_federer'
To COISE_BRIAN, if u don't like our roger PLEASE' GET OUT' we (roger's fan) don't want u.
Big fan from
03/07/2006 | 08:57 AM
i'm again. my dear roger
i feel mad with coise_brian cos i've just read his after i sent u my message.
i agree with 'haukaisin' ...
To COISE_BRIAN, if u don't like our roger PLEASE' GET OUT' we (roger's fan) don't want u.
Big fan from Thailand

03/07/2006 | 08:56 AM
No story....Roger is the class:Nadal,who????
03/07/2006 | 07:08 AM
Is "coise_brian" a spy? How come he can say such nasty things. His membership status must be re-entertained.

Hi Roger, I just want to say thank you for playing great tennis for us. Keep going. I never forget the epic five-set-long semifinal matc
03/07/2006 | 05:35 AM
Is "coise_brian" a spy? How come he can say such nasty things. His membership status must be re-entertained.

Hi Roger, I just want to say thank you for playing great tennis for us. Keep going. I never forget the epic five-set-long semifinal matc
03/07/2006 | 05:10 AM
Dear Roger,
I know you must fell really tired and upset,I heard when you lose 2004 AO,you practice tennis all day and do nothing else,is that true ?I really don't want to know you do that again this year.You should think about you skill,or see your o
03/07/2006 | 03:20 AM
I don't agree with the title.......NADAL CAN NEVER BE STRONGER THAN ROG...NEVER....NADAL IS GOOD....ROG IS GOD!......& CAN NEVER BE COMPARED!!!!!!!!!