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Nadal and Roger meet again

13.05.2006 | Tennis

Roger will face defending champion Rafael Nadal, after defeating David Nalbandian in his semifinal, defeating him 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.

The final gives the world's top two players a chance to resume their intense rivalry in which Spaniard Nadal holds the upper hand after winning the last three contests, including the final of the Monte Carlo Masters claycourt event last month. "It's always special when the top two play each other. It certainly was in Monte Carlo," said Roger, whose best result in five previous visits to the Italian capital was runner-up to Felix Mantilla in 2003. "We both look forward to it. It's good for us and good for the game, especially on clay."

While Nadal had few problems getting the better of Frenchman Monfils in the battle of the 19-year-olds, Roger was forced to come from a break down in the deciding set of his match against fourth seed Nalbandian. It was his second close brush with defeat in as many days following his quarterfinal against Spanish qualifier Nicolas Almagro, which he edged 7-5 in the third. Argentines Nalbandian promised to be a tough opponent, having beaten Federer six times in their previous 10 meetings, including in the season-ending Masters Cup final last year.

If Nadal beats the world number one on Sunday he will equal Guillermo Vilas's all-time record of 53 consecutive wins on clay, set in 1977.

For Roger, it is already his sixth final in the second-highest tournament series. should he triumph in the match against Nadal - best of five - it would be his 11th title at a Masters-Series event. This would bring him up to the second place on the ranking in this statistic after Pete Sampras.

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05/15/2006 | 12:27 AM
Cheer up Roger. I watched your finial with Nadel and saw a big improvements in your game. I can see the next victory is yours. You had answers for Nadel’s servers, you shown the confidents and almost won the match. Don’t discouraged please and French
05/14/2006 | 08:33 PM
félicitations Roger pour ton match contre Rafa, c'était vraiment un très grand match. Tu étais tout près cette fois de le gagner. Je pense que la prochaine sera la bonne. Continue de nous enchanter comme tu l'a fait aujourd'hui. Amitiés.
05/14/2006 | 08:31 PM
Dear Roger

Losing those match points must hurt a lot - but the real positive from this is that you had them and a little more self belief at critical times means that next time you will take them. You're just amazing!
Love + hugs
05/14/2006 | 08:31 PM
Roger, Congrads on getting a little closer.
However, you'll need to dig a litter depper
at the crucial moments. Or perhaps you're
saving that for the slams? :-)
05/14/2006 | 08:27 PM
I guess we're all terribly sad today... yet, what a thrilling and wonderful match!

Despite the likely disappointment, I guess you now have the definite proof you can beat him on clay all right... next time you meet!

So all the best of luck for RG!
05/14/2006 | 08:22 PM
hi roger.... i want to wish 4 you a good
luck and please win this match
it means alot 4 you and your all fans...

05/14/2006 | 08:22 PM
Oh P.S. Rafa's trophy isn't very pretty. You have the lovely shiny one from the Australian Open :D xxxxxxx
Oh and by the way, great game Rafa. You deserve some kudos too, though I wanted Roger to win, don't worry, next time you won't be so lucky. :D
05/14/2006 | 08:19 PM

We are all so proud of you and we love you.
Take good rest before Hamburg.
And all the best in the first round against Schuettler!
Hamburg is yours, your name, defend it!
Nadal has won way too many tournaments.
And remember, Roma Title is j
05/14/2006 | 08:19 PM
You lose Roger . I can't believe
I want to cry. so sad to me
but don't worry. you absolutely win again

cheer up Roger , I spirit to you

Good Luck for French

love you
05/14/2006 | 08:19 PM
Thank you for your nice fight , Roger!

You are absolutely much more powerful on clay,
and closer to Nadal and the title of French!

Please believe yourself,take a rest,
and keep going !!!!

Maria from Japan
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