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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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05/20/2006 | 12:06 PM
Dear Roger
I had seen your playing only in the fifth set,it 's very exciting. Your fans cheered you very much, I knew the early results from their comments in your website and read many comments from the others.
While you were in
05/20/2006 | 12:03 PM
Dear Roger
I had seen your playing only in the fifth set,it 's very exciting. Your fans cheered you very much, I knew the early results from their comments in your website and read many comments from the others.
While you were in
05/20/2006 | 12:02 PM
Dear Roger
I had seen your playing only in the fifth set,it 's very exciting. Your fans cheered you very much, I knew the early results from their comments in your website and read many comments from the others.
While you were in
05/20/2006 | 12:00 PM
Dear Roger
I had seen your playing only in the fifth set,it 's very exciting. Your fans cheered you very much, I knew the early results from their comments in your website and read many comments from the others.
While you were in
05/20/2006 | 06:35 AM
Yo, Roger

Great effort and unbelievable skill through the whole match!! Roger, I suggest you that the attitude and spirit are the most important thing on the tennis court. Please, be aggresive in Wilbledon!! Look forward to see you there, full of suppo
05/19/2006 | 11:46 PM
I am so sorry about what happened that Sunday!It was difficult to realise and to understand why?Why this time?Your game was unbelievable and unexeptable good(cause i thought that you would be extremely tired after the two previous games).I think that for
05/19/2006 | 11:46 PM
I am so sorry about what happened that Sunday!It was difficult to realise and to understand why?Why this time?Your game was unbelievable and unexeptable good(cause i thought that you would be extremely tired after the two previous games).I think that for
05/19/2006 | 11:40 PM
I am so sorry about what happened that Sunday!It was difficult to realise and to understand why?Why this time?Your game was unbelievable and unexeptable good(cause i thought that you would be extremely tired after the two previous games).I think that for
05/19/2006 | 07:38 PM
Buenas de nuevo!
Leyendo los comentarios,veo que hay cierta polemica con Nadal,y me gustaria dar mi punto de vista.
Primero de todo,no creo que nadal sea un maleducado,al contrario,me parece que es un chico con la cabeza bien amueblada y muy humilde.Dic
05/19/2006 | 06:50 PM
Dear Roger,
What an incredible effort you did...pity for the final result,I got very upset,but after a time I think you have to be more optimistic than ever because you have come as much closer as it can be,so don´t worry and be sure that you will triump
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