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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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05/17/2006 | 08:05 PM
Not only you were leading in the fifth set but you also had the match point but you let it slip away from your hands and handed the trophy to Nadal. YOU CANNOT DO THAT IN BIG MATCHES. Be careful next time, best wishes
05/17/2006 | 07:42 PM
Congratulations on your tremendous play in Rome, Roger, especially in the final against Nadal. Looks like you've figured out how to play him on clay. You definitely would have beat Nadal if it weren't for a few unforced errors at the worst of times. As
05/17/2006 | 05:08 PM
Roger, go for it.
I will pray for you for your best luck in Paris.
05/17/2006 | 04:42 PM
Hi! Roger, you should accept that Nadal was great in Rome. But I believe in you (on hard you play your wonderful tennis)
05/17/2006 | 03:18 PM
Based on the match stats, Roger won on points and at the end it was a matter of luck - but sadly not for him this time. It was the longest afternoon for those with the BBC scorecard giving us hope, then despair. Must be one of the greatest matches since B
05/17/2006 | 08:27 AM
It was as awesome a match as I ever witnessed and you played almost perfect tennis throughout the 5 hr plus duel. Luck just wasnt on your side on the important points. Nadal must definitely be worried about his chances at this years French Open. I can bet
05/17/2006 | 07:00 AM
Roger why you lose? why you lose the chance to win? you was best from him
your play was very very good and so best from Nadal on clay ground . I see this in your last match with him , you can win in a three sets but you was tardy some thing ,you must ta
05/17/2006 | 06:58 AM
Roger why you lose? why you lose the chance to win? you was best from him
your play was very very good and so best from Nadal on clay ground . I see this in your last match with him , you can win in a three sets but you was tardy some thing ,you must ta
05/17/2006 | 06:56 AM
Roger why you lose? why you lose the chance to win? you was best from him
your play was very very good and so best from Nadal on clay ground . I see this in your last match with him , you can win in a three sets but you was tardy some thing ,you must ta
05/17/2006 | 06:55 AM
Roger why you lose? why you lose the chance to win? you was best from him
your play was very very good and so best from Nadal on clay ground . I see this in your last match with him , you can win in a three sets but you was tardy some thing ,you must ta
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