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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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05/19/2006 | 04:33 PM
Hi Roger!
Doesn'nt matter u lost this time.Better luck next time.
05/19/2006 | 04:08 PM
Dearest Roger
I didn't watch your final because I was in school that time. It's a pity that you lost to Nadal again. I don't like to see the records such as 39-3 or 5-1(I'm sorry for mentioning them again) and I think I'm cruel to use the word "again". B
05/19/2006 | 04:06 PM
Dearest Roger
I didn't watch your final because I was in school that time. It's a pity that you lost to Nadal again. I don't like to see the records such as 39-3 or 5-1(I'm sorry for mentioning them again) and I think I'm cruel to use the word "again". B
05/19/2006 | 07:20 AM
dear roger,
up to your mentions many times about tony
nadal, i think it's time for the one who has responsibility to manage it. i've seen many coaches tried to coach his player during the match and had to stop because he saw his face in the big monitor
05/18/2006 | 02:46 PM
well, winning or losing never matters. You tried to play your best and that is what matters. You really gave Nadal a tough fight. I am sure you will overcome him at French Open.

All the best for French Open......
05/18/2006 | 11:17 AM
Very good Roger; the next time i know you'll win;your aggressive play can beat Nadal..Come On!
05/18/2006 | 07:16 AM
what a match!!!!!!!
superb stuff showed by both the players.
you has improved a lot. you nearly won the match but well done.
To play for 5hrs 5min is not a joke.
You were playing like a clay court specialist, which i am sure you will.
The main impor
05/18/2006 | 05:08 AM
Dear Roger,

I didn't have a chance to watch your games since the AO, and especially this 5 hour ordeal you did to Nadal. One of your fans here who is now my friend called me long distance from Nigeria yesterday and recounted to me how good you were in
05/18/2006 | 12:47 AM
Acabo de volver a ver el partido, lastima por el resultado. Pero que tenis has hecho!!!
Leo mi comentario anterior y me pregunto ¿Quién soy yo para darte a ti y a tu entrenador consejos?Lo estais haciendo perfecto. Sin duda me obnubiló la rabia de la d
05/17/2006 | 11:07 PM
It was a great pity, having two match points and couldn`t get this game!!!, but, I know that next time, I do hope this will be in Roland Garros, you'll beat him, as you have shown that you`ve changed strategy against him and, no doubt, it happened to be q
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