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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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03/06/2006 | 09:50 PM
I wasnt able to see the the match,but have been depressed ever since I saw the scoreline! On the flipside I am sure that this will spur Roger on to even greater heights. Even Legends/Great Champions need something to spur them on similar to us mere mortal
03/06/2006 | 09:45 PM
You know, in all the matches and against all the players you play, only Rafael Nadal consistently worries me. It's not that it's a bad thing for you--or for tennis, come to think of it--that you lose occasionally, but I have to admit, it's a little worri
03/06/2006 | 09:42 PM
" ...One thing I wanted to say, though, is that I didn't like that self-deprecating remark you made about you being lucky for winning your one match against Rafael at the NASDQ last year. You fought like a tiger to get those last three sets from him, and
03/06/2006 | 09:03 PM
roger no pasa nada, Sufriste en los dos ultimos sets ya que no te entro el primer servicio. Lo ganarás siempre.
your best fans in Spain.
03/06/2006 | 08:52 PM
Hi Roger, so sorry to hear the news. I couldn't watch it in the UK, but, anyway, just keep going and you will find the way to beat Mr. Nadal down...
03/06/2006 | 07:01 PM
Dearest Roger !! Sorry that you didn't get the trophy -- but you are still THE WINNER !!! Great match -- and we know you will get many changes to even the score against Nadal in matches to come!! You are a great player and a great gentleman --
03/06/2006 | 06:41 PM

I was reading all the comments about this match between Federer y Nadal, and sincerily i understood that many of us we have to support to great Fed, im an inconditional fun for 4 years, for it reason i have to say too that Fed has to practice very
03/06/2006 | 06:27 PM
Dearest Roger...Like all of your fans, I was so disheartened to see Rafa holding YOUR trophy high! Your play in the first set was S C A R Y---or, "sick," as you would say! Rafa couldn't do a thing against you. I guess it's not reasonable to expect a m
03/06/2006 | 06:00 PM
You are still our number one player! Nadal is nothing you are still the best! Good luck and God bless in your next MATCHES! Love ya!

03/06/2006 | 05:49 PM
Hi Roger!!!
??two days passed. Do you have already arrived at California?

As I could not watch the match, I cheered for you before my pc.
I think you played pretty well. It was better than RG last year. The first set was extremely good. You were ver