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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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05/14/2006 | 08:10 PM
Dear Roger,
So so sorry to seem you lose Nadal again especially when you had two match point as well as mini break in the last tie break. It seems as you lost the match more than nadal win it. It is so important to take you chance when you got it. In pre
05/14/2006 | 08:07 PM
I am so sorry for your loss against Nadal.
What's so disappointing is the fact that it was SO CLOSE! The scoreline was UNBELIEVABLY CLOSE and Nadal only won on a streak of good luck. That's how we need to think about it.
It was a tough battle, nowhere n
05/14/2006 | 07:53 PM
So Roger you lose again :-( Nadal is your curse, I am so sad for you, it seems that now you will not be able to win French Open too, Nadal is too good for you, you have mental block against him.
05/14/2006 | 07:47 PM
Roger, You were wonderful in the final, as always, but I feel as if you handed Nadal the Fome title. I'm hoping you will take the French. You can do it. You have the weapons to do it!
much love.
05/14/2006 | 07:47 PM
Roger, You were wonderful in the final, as always, but I feel as if you handed Nadal the Rome title. I'm hoping you will take the French. You can do it. You have the weapons to do it!
much love.
05/14/2006 | 07:42 PM
It's disappointing to us that u lost your chance when u should have clinch the championship.u look nervous on tv.thats all i can say.and i think you need to work on that,especially against nadal.
05/14/2006 | 07:42 PM
Well, it was a definate step forward vs Nadal. If you continue to make as much progress before the next match as you did this one, you should beat him.

I doubt he will go to Hamburg, and you're probably a bit exhausted yourself, so take it easy.

It
05/14/2006 | 07:41 PM
Roger you losser :((((((( mf
05/14/2006 | 07:38 PM
hi Roger ,

Don't worry ...you will lose as usual in the Final in Rome with Nadal ....and Nadal will come strong and victorius once again ...and if you please fired Tony ...
05/14/2006 | 07:38 PM
How could you let the 4-1 lead slip away? And then you had 2 match points and messed both of them up! Nadal is a machine and doesn't miss ever. When he does you need to take advantage of it. Now let's see if you can defend Hamburg.
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