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Nadal triumphs once again

14.05.2006 | Tennis

Roger lost the final against Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7-0), 6-7 (5-7), 4-6, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7) in a match played on a very high level.

 

In the win-lost statistic Roger dropped to 39-3 this year, with all losses coming to Nadal. The other two came in finals at Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in March and the Monte Carlo Masters last month.

 

Roger showed a lot more aggressive tactics than in the final in Monte Carlo, when he lost serve seven times. He only served-and-volleyed sparingly, but aimed for the corners and followed his baseline shots into the net at every opportunity. Nadal broke serve only three times.

 

Nadal played his usual baseline game, and his heavy topspin consistently gave Roger problems. Our favourite shanked several shots high into the stands. Roger was coming off two long three-set matches. Nadal hadn't dropped a set since his first-round win over Carlos Moya.

 

Rome remains one of only four Masters Series events where Roger has not triumphed. Monte Carlo, Madrid and Paris are the others. He also lost the Rome final in 2003 to Felix Mantilla.

 

Rafael Nadal has now beaten Roger in four straight matches, including the semifinals last year at Roland Garros. The Spaniard has also tied Guillermo Vilas' (1977) record 53-match winning streak on clay in the Open era. Nadal began his streak at the Monte Carlo Masters in April 2005 and has now won nine straight tournaments on clay.

 
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05/24/2006 | 03:14 PM
Man! that boy is so tough like a bull. It's hard to imagine that anyone could take him down.
Or maybe....
There might be just a line between you and him. If you could cross that line, things will be clear in your sight.
Ohh, we all just keep praying fo
05/23/2006 | 10:45 PM
Hi Roger!!
i'm italian and sorry for my english! i think that you deserved to win the great final in Rome.. i cried when you lost.. but i think that you can win Rafael.. i hope you do the grand slam this year because you are the best.. your tennis is the
05/23/2006 | 09:49 PM
Dear Roger Federer

Great challenge with your wonderful long display of shots before putting them away.

Sorry, Rafael Nadal wont succumb to your beautiful fine array of tennis strokes as he is out on the court to win and to be unbeatable.

You're
05/23/2006 | 09:46 PM
Dear Roger Federer

Great challenge with your wonderful long display of shots before putting them away.

Sorry, Rafael Nadal wont succumb to your beautiful fine array of tennis strokes as he is out on the court to win and to be unbeatable.

You're
05/23/2006 | 09:45 PM
Dear Roger Federer

Great challenge with your wonderful long display of shots before putting them away.

Sorry, Rafael Nadal wont succumb to your beautiful fine array of tennis strokes as he is out on the court to win and to be unbeatable.

You're
05/23/2006 | 09:27 PM
Dear Roger Federer

Great challenge with your wonderful long display of shots before putting them away.

Sorry, Rafael Nadal wont succumb to your beautiful fine array of tennis strokes as he is out on the court to win and to be unbeatable.

You're
05/22/2006 | 01:54 PM
Hi Roger ,
It was a very good match . Hope u will win next time.
ANNIS
05/21/2006 | 12:28 PM
Dear Roger,

Thank you so much! You bring so much style and grace to the game and you are always such an incredible joy to watch. I can't wait to see you out there again.

Your last match vs Nadal, there was just such a fine line between walking
05/21/2006 | 05:14 AM
It is so heart-breaking.
Just like a drama.
I don't know how it will end in Paris.
05/21/2006 | 03:49 AM
Hello Roger,

I have followed passionately your tournaments since last September. I wish you strength and active patience hoping that as soon as next month you shall be able to win over Rafael. I do admire you and wish you stay on top for many years and
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