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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 | 03:26 AM
My dear Roger the great,

This is really heart breaking. I am still very sad. But look at the positive side, French Open is still waiting for you to win.

This is what you said in your interview, “I already knew after Monte Carlo that I was close.
05/17/2006 | 03:22 AM
My dear Roger the great,

This is really heart breaking. I am still very sad. But look at the positive side, French Open is still waiting for you to win.

This is what you said in your interview, “I already knew after Monte Carlo that I was close.
05/17/2006 | 01:57 AM
I think you're getting even better against Nadal than ever before, and despite the fact that he remains your greatest opponent, you are a better person for not letting this get to you. This rivalry is great for tennis, and all I can say is that I look fo
05/17/2006 | 12:42 AM
You are getting closer every time you play this guy people keep saying oh he cant beat him it dusnt matter how much he tries......... i like to think how much longer can nadal hold hi off for ????? lol rafa has been there his whole life and hes already be
05/16/2006 | 08:00 PM
You are the best!!!
GOOd LUCK!!!
05/16/2006 | 07:55 PM
You said it roger5!
you are simply the best roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! keep it up! and good luck!
05/16/2006 | 07:25 PM
Caro Roger,
è stata una partita tremenda, mi hai fatto venire il mal di pancia e la tremarella, speranza e delusione e ancora speranza; peccato che non sei riuscito a vincere, ma ci sei stato veramente vicinissimo e sono sicura che la prossima volta sar
05/16/2006 | 06:47 PM
Hey there Roger,
I feel terrible to know that you squandered 2 match points-Nadal sure was lucky on Sunday. Anyway, this kind of thing happens in sport-so, nothing much to worry about. Good thing that you reduced your most common errors against Nadal-lik
05/16/2006 | 06:41 PM
Yeah, Roger!! You were sensational against Nadal!

It hurt a lot to see you lose after having two match points in a row, but in the grander scheme of things, this is much more good news than bad news.

You almost ended a 52-match winning streak on
05/16/2006 | 06:41 PM
Yeah, Roger!! You were sensational against Nadal!

It hurt a lot to see you lose after having two match points in a row, but in the grander scheme of things, this is much more good news than bad news.

You almost ended a 52-match winning streak on